Once again the press have drawn attention to the dangers of flooding in parts of North Melbourne with only a small rise in sea levels. Here is the latest missive: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/waterside-living-to-come-at-rising-cost-20130414-2htpn.html .
The logic of it all is beyond me, the North Melbourne area referred to in this article is one that the planning minister Matthew Guy has identified as a development zone with 30 meter highrise developments. The underground car parking could get interesting in period of floods! The tidal reach of the Monee Ponds Creek runs all the way to just short of Racecourse Road which is deceptive as it seems too far into the city to be tidal,this also means the ground water is very close to the surface in the area around the Arden St Oval which traditionally has no tall buildings, as it was a bog, thus left as open space to become a footy ground and light industrial.
The Brits relaxed the, “no domestic construction in flood planes” regulations in the 90s and in the last few years have seen the expensive results.
We shouldnt have to bail these people out with public works and higher insurance premiums if we know in advance it will be a problem. We have the knowledge and skills so we can plan ahead with a land use pattern which will be more suitable to occasional flooding, unless of course you believe sea level rising is just some “greenie” nonsense or don’t simply care.