Climate craziness claiming houses

The Australian

Climate Change is claiming the first seaside house…not through increased tides, rather from weirdo councils and their regulations devaluing houses and forcing sales because of their belief in a myth:

LIKE many working couples, Anne and Russell Secombe decided to find a place by the sea where they would eventually retire to live out the rest of their lives pursuing simple pleasures.

In the 1970s, the couple, now in their 80s, found it, a modest single-level brick house at 23 Illaroo Rd, Lake Cathie, a town on the NSW mid-north coast.

It’s simple bliss: Anne, a retired clerk, spends time keeping up her neat garden; Russell, a retired mechanic, angles on the beach for blackfish, flathead and bream. But yesterday the Secombes’ sense of hard-earned stability collapsed when they discovered they could be among the first victims in Australia to be dispossessed of their home. Not because of any existing environmental threat, but because the local council believes climate change could pose one by the end of the century.

In a move that struck incredulity, alarm and fear among locals, Port Macquarie Hastings Council put a study on the council website recommending that council enforce a “planned retreat” for the owners of the 17 houses on Illaroo Road. The area is one of 15 “hot spots” identified by the NSW government as being vulnerable to the effects of sea level rises due to climate change, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

For Illaroo Road residents Kylie Outtrim, a nurse, and Stephen Hunt, a financial planner, yesterday marked “D Day” for making a property already devalued by council actions now unsellable. Illaroo Road is about 7m above mean sea level, so there’s no danger of flooding.

But the council’s concern is that if IPCC projections of climate change and sea level rises come true, increased erosion will progressively undermine the road and then the houses.

The council’s plan would mean the Secombes and their neighbours would, over an unspecified period of time, be expected or required to sell their house to the council and move out.

“We don’t want to shift, no way,” Mr Secombe told The Weekend Australian yesterday.

Ms Outtrim tells of their frustration at not being able to renovate the 1970s, two-storey brick house they bought five years ago because of the council’s stance.

After the couple bought the house with a plan to renovate it and retire in it, the council imposed a ban on Illaroo Road owners doing any redevelopments on their properties.

Council’s action has reduced property values on Illaroo Road by between a third and a half, according to local observers.

The report commissioned by the council and prepared by the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation says the “planned retreat” option would be the best of four to deal with a threat of erosion projected to emerge for a forecast rise of 0.4 of a metre by 2050 and a rise of 0.9 of a metre in sea level by the turn of the century”.

The report estimates the cost of acquiring the 17 houses at $10.5 million but says it would be preferable to building a protective wall called a revetment, at a cost of $3m which they define as a “technically feasible option” that would “provide certifiable protection from erosion risks”.

SMEC also found the other two options – “beach renourishment” involving bringing in sand to replenish that lost by erosion, and building groynes (long breakwaters built into the sea) – would not be feasible. But getting rid of the houses would work because, SMEC reasons, if they are not there any more, they can’t be threatened with climate change.


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  • Adolf Fiinkesein

    ‘Fraid you’re a couple of days pout of date here, Whale.

    There has been an intervention and the folly has been reversed.  These residents are now free to drown in 2050.

    • Vlad

      Yr right adolf, posted on the australian for subscribers later today says someone with half a brain has stepped on this final extreme action but only at this stage.  BUT the ruin of their investment & retirement remains with values destroyed. Property value is smashed by bureaucrats & dingbats. I believe some NZrs with coastal properties have also had their LIM reports blotted by local council loons.

  • ConwayCaptain

    What is so ridiculous about all this , is that coastlines change in a minor way on a continual basis.  They cahnge in a major ways over many many years unless there is a major calamity like and eruption.

    In the UK one of the old Cinque Ports is now several miles inland!!!  bUt there are areas of Norfolk and Suffolk that change all the time.

    The Channel Islands at one time were joined to France and here in NZ it was possible to walk to Gt Barrier and part of the way to the Kermadecs.

    One of the things that these climate people go on about is “Islands” diaspearing in place like Bangladesh.  Well they do but most have appeared in only the last few years as silt from the outflow of the delta builds up, then the river stream changes and the island disappears.

    The Maldives who have been going on and on about their islands disappearing have actually had a decrease in sea level!!!

    There are changes in sea level over short periods of time in the Pacific depending whether it is el nino or la nina condirions but on av the sea level hasnt changed.

  • Mike

    Please god, don’t tell them about the eventual heat death of the universe! The “action plan” would probably have to involve burning greenies to stay warm.

    Best quote ever: “Cold is god’s way of telling us to burn more Catholics”

  • MrV

    The people involved with providing these taxpayer funded ‘reports’ deserve to have their photos and credentials posted somewhere for public ridicule.

  • Mr_Blobby

    The cost of buying out the owners $10 Million
    The cost of building a certified sea wall $3 Million
    The cost of the reports on the subject $7 Million !!!!!
    What a bunch of Muppets or is it corruption, the land could always be resold latter.

  • grumpy

    Wow!!! What sort of cars were they driving back then????