Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores
I am amused at the duck shoving by Council, councillors, Fisheries and other environmental experts over who was to blame for the fish kill in Tallow Creek caused by the reopening of the creek to the ocean by Council.
The action was clearly initiated because residential properties, that back onto Tallow Creek, were in danger of being flooded by the blocked creek.
In Ocean Shores and New Brighton, I believe it is clear who is to blame for the blocking of Billinudgel Creek at Wooyung, Ocean Shores, and Golden Beach causing flooding in the North of the Shire.
The Tweed Council allowed the closure of an outlet at Wooyung and in Ocean Shores, Byron Council closed the outlet into the ocean above Golden Beach. I think these actions increased flooding for both Tweed and North Byron Shire residents.
Byron Council minuted, in 1976, their acceptance of liability for increasing flooding behind that closure.
The Public Works Department (PWD) accepted that the construction of the Rock Training Walls at Brunswick Heads caused the destruction of Sheltering Palms.
The internal wall in Readings Bay, also built by PWD, has been verified as causing the siltation of Marshalls Creek, again raising flood levels.
Council constructed the levee bank around Golden Beach, causing the flood levels to rise.
It is clear that Byron Council, and some councillors and ‘psuedo environmentalists’, are more concerned about flooding of homes and fish kills in Byron Bay than man-made flooding of homes in the north of the Shire.
It is also clear that the residents know more about the true reasons for flooding than Council’s consultants.
If you have any doubts about any of the above, just search brunswickvalley.com.au/flood-history/current_updates.htm