LETTERS: No sign of sea-level rise

WITH Lake Macquarie City Council looking at ways to reduce costs, I imagine most of the council's departments are looking for savings or proof of worth - especially the more recent environmental departments, departments which were never needed in the past.

I believe that continuing with stepped-up planning requirements in anticipation of sea level rises - requirements never seen before in recorded history - shows the council's determination to use theories to justify staff jobs and their net worth.

Myself and other old timers who have lived on the lake for the last 50 years haven't noticed any measurable difference in the lake's level.

Having no scientific qualifications we can only go by what we see and have seen.

And while I agree the lake rises at times, due to storm run-off and king tides happening simultaneously, this is nothing new.

It has been happening in much the same way for as long as I can remember and no doubt will continue to do so in the future.

- Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

JUST THE TIDES: The writer says neither he nor other old timers have seen any evidence of permanently changed water levels.

JUST THE TIDES: The writer says neither he nor other old timers have seen any evidence of permanently changed water levels.