I’ve taken another look at the flood mitigation draft report, …

Comment on Flood mitigation: Don’t mention the dam by Alex Nelson.

I’ve taken another look at the flood mitigation draft report, and I can’t escape the feeling this is an exercise in buying time.
Only problem is, it’s becoming increasingly evident that there isn’t the time available envisaged within that document to proceed with flood planning and mitigation over the next five to 10 years.
The pace at which extreme and/or record-breaking weather events have occurred locally, nationally and world-wide has risen markedly in recent years, and is well ahead of earlier expert predictions of the length of time it was thought climate change forecasts would take to eventuate.
Given the general failure across much of the NT for the past quarter century to proceed with necessary civil infrastructure requirements, or even to maintain existing infrastructure (such as regional roads) to acceptable standards, we are probably no better prepared to cope with extreme weather exigencies now than we were 30 years ago. This document (along with other planning processes currently underway) is likely to become quickly irrelevant as I think we will find ourselves overtaken by events in the near future.

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Flood mitigation: Don’t mention the dam
I’ve read the Alice Springs flood mitigation committee draft report (courtesy of this article) and it appears to be proposing a lot of reassessment and reworking over a long period of time, of earlier studies and proposals – in effect, a lot of activity without actually producing any useful results. Very bureaucratic!
I liked the photo on page 13 depicting the 1988 inundation of the Leichhardt Building on the corner of Gregory and Leichhardt Terraces. At the time it was the regional headquarters of the NT “super” Department of Industries and Development, of which the former Department of Primary Production (where I was employed) was a part. I recall going into that building after the water had receded, the sodden carpet throughout the complex covered in slime and mud. Most memorable was the stench, I don’t think I’ve ever smelled anything worse!
Interesting to note the reference on page 9 of the flood of March 1910, the largest on record for Alice Springs (the Telegraph Station, as it then was). The recent heavy flooding over much of Europe, especially the Seine River in Paris, was reported as being the worst recorded since 1910. One hopes this is only a coincidence.

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I still have the cassette tape.
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