Govt hints: no flood money

IF you own a house close to the beach or in the flood plain don't count on the government paying to protect it or buying it off you when the sea level rises.

A draft policy statement released by the State Government has revealed that as far as it was concerned, the financial responsibility of addressing risk associated with flooding and sea level rise was squarely in the hands of the property owners, and the Clarence Valley Council agreed.

But there were a number of points in the draft statement the council hasn't welcomed.

A council report to be discussed at the Environment, Economic and Community committee meeting today claimed the State Government fell short on a number of sea level rise issues such as whether protection of private assets would be allowed or supported.

The report said funding assistance, like what was currently offered for floodplain management and associated property acquisition, was crucial to prepare for sea level rises in threatened areas like Brooms Head, Wooli and upstream of Brushgrove.

“Should such assistance not be forthcoming then property purchase and protection will not be a practical option for consideration in coastal zone management plans as they will be unaffordable,” the report said.

The report also questioned the numbers the State Government was basing its sea level rise modelling on, claiming they were old and conservative.



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