Fears of sea level rises

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Fears of sea level rises

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A Eurobodalla Shire Councillor says there is confusion surrounding predicted sea level rises due to global warming.

Professor Alan Stokes from the National Sea Change Taskforce this week described sea level as a serious risk to the community.

He has called for councils to deal with the problem even though there’s no national benchmark on a minimum rise.

But Councillor Fergus Thompson says despite conflicting predictions, the shire has to factor tidal inundation into its development planning.

“We know there is a level that we have been talking around the Australian coastline whether it is 0.8 of a metre or 0.9 of a metre,” he said.

“It is really not that relevant; it is about the fact that we have known since 1990 about this information.

“Legally we will not be able to walk away from that and we will be held accountable,” Cr Thompson said.

Topics:environmental-impact, environmental-management, bega-2550, batemans-bay-2536

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