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Lake Council seeks flood feedback on sea-level policy

Wednesday August 7, 2013 - 07:12 EST
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Lake Macquarie Council seeking feedback on flooding issues for its sea-level policy. - ABC

After encountering a tide of opposition to its sea-level policy, Lake Macquarie Council is seeking public input on its planning for future flood risks.

This month the council begins community information meetings in Belmont South and Marks Point, where many residents have challenged claims their properties could be impacted by rising sea-levels.

Mayor Jodie Harrison says the council has also launched a new website as part of their community engagement program.

"Our building codes deal predominantly with buildings," she said.

"We also have a huge amount of infrastructure that will be affected if we see the projections come to pass, so we need to make sure our roads and drains and all of our infrastructure that's currently being provided to people can actually continue to be provided."

Councillor Harrison says residents will play an important role in developing plans to minimise flood risks.

"We're after what kind of solutions people are willing to consider," she said.

"Who should pay for adaptation planning in the future?

"We know that working with the community, by having a collaborative approach, that we will come up with the best solutions.

"The council doing it in isolation is not the way to go."


© ABC 2013

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