LETTERS: Make sea level findings available to all

RECENTLY the houses in my street have been surveyed by Lake Macqaurie City Council obtaining floor level heights in relation to sea level height.

Even though this happened during and after heavy rain, with extensive run-off giving higher-than-normal lake levels, this should give an accurate maximum sea level rise data ratio.

This, I hope, is the council's first step in sensible planning by doing individual assessments on section 149 certificates.

Many people have planned ahead with council regulations and, by means of land fill or building practices, they have raised their floor levels way above any possible sea level rise or storm run-off.

This would remove unfair blanket decisions and practices based on an area as a whole.

I believe, and ask, that results should be posted, free of charge, to all concerned, rather than charging the $100 fee for a section 149 certificate. This is the least the council can do for the trauma they have caused.

The cost of a stamp would be a poor excuse for not doing it.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

RISING TIDE: Newcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis's take on Lake Macquarie City Council's sea level rise policies.

RISING TIDE: Newcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis's take on Lake Macquarie City Council's sea level rise policies.

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