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If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...

An Open Letter to the Mayor of Eurobodalla, I, along with many others were in the Council Chamber the other day to hear Russel Schneider addressing Council on Surfside planning issues around Sea level Rise. You can read Russel's presentation HERE The Beagle reports accurately that you responded to Mr Schnieder by saying that Council stands to look at all options and was willing to work with the community and did NOT have a planned retreat statement and that landowners in the area have always had the option to come up with an engineering solution. "Currently we DO NOT have a retreat statement" Liz Innes Council Chambers 27th Feb 2018 The following is a Council approved DA from 2013 - your own documents refer to it as a "Managed Retreat" - some might read the same text and call it a "Planned Retreat" Irrespective of it being called Planned or Managed Mrs Mayor COUNCIL DOES HAVE A RETREAT STATEMENT and your denial of having one to Mr Schneider in a formal Council meeting with a gallery of witnesses needs to be raised and questioned.

The above copy is from 2013. The following is from a 2015 DA that indicates that Council does not have a commitment to its own infrastructure which might also indicate that it has a retreat statement - that is , a statement of what it might do if there is innundation.

Mayor, as for your statement that "landowners in the area have always had the option to come up with an engineering solution" have you actually read your own Council's Interim Coastal Hazard Adaptation Code This is what it has to say:

Nice option Mayor. The current UNSW study (council's own consultants who are drawing lines through properties) puts it in plain english in appendix A.51, it states:"ESC promotes a policy of planned retreat for sites with immediate, high and medium risk". This is just the tip of the SLR iceberg that isn't melting as fast as everyone predicted it would. Name and address supplied


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