Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores
Firstly, Mathew Lambourne said in a letter to The Echo (10 September) that no council vote took place to request the developers of Ocean Shores to close the outlet at North Ocean Shores.
When I pointed out that the official Council minutes of July 76 disagree with that assertion, he now says Echo ( 3 October) that I agree with his previous letter!
You can’t have it both ways, Mathew. I disagreed with your letter as do historical council documents. Make your mind up.
We now apparently not only agree that the council requested the developers block the outlet but also agree Council accepted the liability for the increase in flood height behind the blocked outlet?
The flood outlet that was reluctantly modelled by the original consultants showed barely any difference in flood levels because they modelled it without the original connection of the old Billinudgel Creek, which flowed into the ocean at that point.
When I objected to this spurious result it was remodelled with the connection and the results showed a ‘signifi
cant reduction of 254mm at Golden Beach and 354mm at South Ocean Shores’. (See Timeline 1991 in http://www.brunswickvalley.com.au/flood-history/current_updates.htm.)
It would seem there has been, and it looks like there still is, a conspiracy to hide Council’s liability for causing the flooding, aided and abetted by a politically stacked flood committee of mainly non-representative residents of the flooded areas behind the blocked outlets.
I believe the original consultants did not accurately model the outlet and disregarded the 1991 letter confirming the true reductions to avoid litigation from the flooded residents.
There is NO danger from the ocean coming in. If there were, Council had better shut the big opening at Brunswick Heads called the Brunswick River.
The NSW deputy premier warned Council in 1982 that the outlet should not be closed because it would cause flooding and Council would be held liable for the flooding.
In 1984 the NSW Department of Public Works warned if siltation occurred behind the closed outlet it could raise flood levels by up to 1.5 metres.
The problem is recognised by Council in the Belongil and Tallow beach outlets, which are re-opened periodically to let the floodwaters out.
Why don’t Mathew Lambourne and the council engineers give the same justice to the people of Ocean Shores, New Brighton, Billinudgel, and Golden Beach?