I HAVE written a number of times to WA politicians concerning rising sea levels.
My letters presented to the politicians conveyed sound solutions to the future effect of sea level rise to Perth Waters and the Peel Estuary.
As always, I have never, never, never received a reply, let alone an acknowledgement.
Bunbury, Peel Inlet and Perth Waters are unique in that they have very narrow outflow points to the ocean.
Planning for sea level rise is imperative if we are to prevent the loss of developed land.
We are seeing a State Government planning to upgrade and increase the use of Fremantle Harbour. What is the point if sea level rise affects the very basics of the infrastructure? The obvious solution is not to cause a future problem with the entry of Fremantle Harbour.
Using Cockburn Sound to build new harbours that can adapt as the ocean rises is an obvious forward planning option that is not to be missed.
The cost of building Row 8 and digging a tunnel should be instead used to establish a Cockburn harbour that is protected from rising sea levels. Forward thinking would establish locks or storm surge barriers at the mouth of the Swan and the two inlets of the Peel Estuary.
The Dutch have been employing this method of coping with the sea for centuries, but our politicians seem not to acknowledge a solution if they tripped over it.
It leaves me to believe that they can only see forward to being elected at the next poll.