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While we wait for the next flooding event – which easily could be worse than our previous ones – what have we done to prevent more flooding?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am feeling a lot of frustration with our Byron ShIre Council because it does not seem to be addressing the main issue with the flooding. Basically, too much water piling up into one narrow outlet in the case of South Golden Beach, Ocean Shores, and Fernbeach. Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby all sharing the same outflow into the sea – just one outlet for about, how many? Five or six large water catchments?

It seems to be a no-brainer that if, just to my local knowledge, four ocean outlets have been channelled into this one catchment now. That all has to compete to pass out through the heads at Brunswick – no wonder we are all flooding!

Can someone please see the sense in letting the water runoffs go out to sea in more places than this one outlet? And clear away the rocks stopping the northern creek outlet into Brunswick River so it flows freely.

More houses than ever flooded in the South Golden, Fernbeach, and Ocean Shores areas – what will it take? This is costing humanity so much in dollars and more so in enormous emotional trauma that could surely be fairly easily remedied if we didn’t all fall over each other arguing for greener values (when its not what it once was anyway) or fears of the ocean coming back in? Well if that is a reality, which I doubt, can we not use large pipes or something else to prevent this?

There is a huge cost to many residents in this Shire every time we flood. Can’t we do something now that will make a huge difference? Our council did not warn us not to build here – and developers did not address the issues either.

Debra Simpson, Ocean Shores

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