Jan Mangleson, Ocean Shores Community Association
A second community survey on the 2017 floods is about to be conducted by the University Centre for Rural Health to in part, ‘continue exploring associations between mental health, flood exposure, and other issues such as financial, health, and service supports received’.
This is important but many people are still living in fear that heavy rain will flood their homes. Byron Council has just ‘noted’ the results of the community flood survey it conducted last year. Four hundred people asked for action.
The best way to overcome community anxiety about flooding of their homes is remediation. At Ocean Shores and Billinudgel we live in an artificially created flood bowl. Put back the harm caused by human interference. Remove the Readings Bay walls and open the four creeks and canal outlet to allow floodwaters their traditional pathways to escape through the coastal dunes to the ocean. Also clean out creeks and waterways, and remove the three-metre deep siltation in the Ocean Shores lakes.
It’s nearly two years since the disastrous 2017 March 30/31 flooding of our North Byron and South Tweed areas. On Saturday night 30 March this year we are celebrating the 50th birthday of Ocean Shores, founded in 1969. We will be okay because the Ocean Shores Country Club is the nominated flood evacuation refuge.