Who covers flooding and draining costs?
If Council's senior staff had researched the financial return against future costs re sale of 23 and 23A Memorial Ave, Blackwall, they would know the difference would increase the Council's deficit,
Issues I refer to are flooding and drainage infrastructure sustainability.
A 2005 map shows this land to be the lowest in the Memorial Ave precinct comparable to other low lying areas on the Peninsula.
The land as it exists will not be sold.
Before the sale, the buyer and senior Council staff will negotiate a deal confirming applicable future development including raising the ground level of the site,
Thus begin the problems for residents.
The second problem is the inevitable "not fit for use" classification of the shared cycleway-footpath.
A site inspection revealed 100 metres of the pathway will have to be raised and rebuilt or re-routed to avoid freshly-created flood zones.
Who will pay for these considerable costs?
Where on Council's list of infrastructure priorities does this area sit?
Certainly not on the same level as Everglades catchment or the new aged care facility on Hillview St, Woy Woy.
Of course, this falsely assumes the Council will have the funds and quality administration to carry out the essential work.
Is anyone prepared to nominate a year when the Council will be back to normal?
Letter, 9 Jun 2021
Norm Harris, Umina