The levee bank proposal for Narromine raises worrying questions regarding adverse impact on the town and also the official decision making processes which promote such schemes.
Despite a technical report, clear information is minimal and does not give the residents an accurate picture of the levee structure and its immediate and future impact on Narromine.
The affected areas, particularly Warren Road, lack understandable information. Depth indicators were few and hard to identify, and soon vanished.
Houses in Warren Road are occupied by long residents and are approved by Council.
Construction of the levee as proposed would have an extremely adverse impact on lifestyle, amenity and property values.
Council has a clear obligation to respect this area and safeguard its future.
Several other issues are central to future discussion:
1. It is the firm belief of many, having studied local flood history in all Macquarie River towns and also the influence of Burrendong Dam, that the levee is NOT NECESSARY.
2. It is clear that a far simpler and less expensive solution is available. This utilises the existing irrigation channel infrastructure and provides adequate protection for the Aerodrome and Sky Park in any imagined flood. It avoids any need for major levee structures along Warren Road.
Both the design details and the real cost of the levee are not available and must be provided.
Apart from construction there will be large ongoing costs to be borne by the residents.
Council must provide more and clearer details. It must fully consider realistic options.
If existing housing protection and future building construction and development in Narromine cannot be assured, Council must accept that the present system is adequate and DITCH THE LEVEE.
How ironic, about three days after Cr Mack has a letter in the Narromine News defending council’s decision to move the Cenotaph, some clown has, by the look of the tyre marks, dragged a tri-axle trailer over part of the fence.
Don’t get too “cock a hoop” council and try to ram down our throats that your decision is right.
Look at this as negligence on your behalf. Negligent in the fact that there is and has been no distinct signage in place to show drivers how to go past the monument and negligence on your behalf that there are lots more trucks coming past the monument due to the closure of the Manildra street rail crossing.
Unless you are in cahoots with the RMS to change the intersection near the monument I’m sure you could have possibly applied for permits to send the trucks other ways, apart from “crowding” the monument and more than likely saving you spending a lot of time on your knees praying for something like this to happen.
Enjoy your retirement Cr Mack, I’m sure there are many intelligent, able-bodied members of the Narromine community who would be able to do the job and they won’t have had to serve an apprenticeship with the Wool Board.
They just need the confidence to put their hand up to have a go. Maybe your decision not to contest the next election might be contagious and some of the others may decide to follow your lead and let some new blood have a go.
It’s time the old guard stepped aside and maybe then some new people would stand up and try. Stale thinking brings about stale ideas.; and while we’re on the subject of change, how about a new mayor, too many years in the one position breeds contempt, so maybe 2014 would be a good time for change, remember a new broom sweeps clean.
Narromine needs a strong mayor to guide the council and keep the executive staff in line. Remember the “pecking order” citizens, councillors, general manager, staff.
As to another part of Cr Mack’s letter, a Cenotaph is the only “spiritual” home for some people to share with their loved ones who fought and maybe died for our country.
Please explain Cr Mack, the difference between some people looking at the marble and cement of the Cenotaph as the “spiritual” home of their lost loved ones and you believing your father’s “spiritual” home is along the riverbanks of ‘Weemabah’.
Not everybody has a ‘Weemabah’, they have to focus on what they have.
Cr Mack, you are very fortunate to have been able to go to Berlin to visit your father’s grave (may he rest in peace), and spend some time there, not everyone has the same good fortune, or the “where with all” to do so.
In my family’s case, my great uncle Alexander Stuart was killed in 1918, I believe in Belgium. He was my grandfather’s brother and while Pop was still with us I can’t remember him ever speaking of Uncle Alex. Maybe he thought we were too young or perhaps he thought we wouldn’t be interested or perhaps he didn’t want to talk too much about it.
Years ago Mum said that Pop told her that his brother had been hit by a shell and I quote “that put a bloody great hole in him” and his remains were never found. My mother’s siblings have long passed and Mum is slipping away from us mentally, so there is not much discussion about such things.
So unlike Cr Mack, and possibly like many other people, I have nowhere to visit. I have no ‘Weemabah’ so the Cenotaph in whatever town I’m living in becomes the “spiritual” home of Alexander Stuart who joined the Australian Imperial Force on November 2, 1915 and died for King and country, somewhere in Belgum in 1918.
Rest in peace, a grateful nation remembers you all for your sacrifice. Lest we forget.
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