Na­ture’s cy­cle verses world’s best prac­tice

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS | OPINION -

NOW that the Sun­shine Coast has had a week or so of heavy rain I won­der what all the cur­rent runoffs head­ing to the sea from the re­main­ing for­est fringe in the Kawana Wa­ters area will re­veal?

As all nat­u­ral wet­lands and swamps there have been buried un­der con­crete, no doubt with some con­crete drains, I am cu­ri­ous how na­ture’s nat­u­ral cy­cles will com­bine with the “world’s best prac­tice” in hy­drol­ogy?

“Ev­ery­one is a ge­nius” here when the sun shines.

How­ever, new buy­ers in the area should now check their prop­er­ties for any sub­si­dence.

Wa­ter flow­ing into sand, no mat­ter how tightly com­pacted, of­ten pro­duces “quick­sand” as the wa­ters flow to where they want to go.

Re­cent “sink­holes” ap­pear­ing nearby up the coast might be a warn­ing of things to come?

In the wet­land over­flow area east of the Nick­lin Way, which for decades coun­cil en­gi­neers re­fused to zone as suit­able for hous­ing, now has an eight-storey build­ing be­ing built there.

Hope all the power sup­plies for the es­cape lifts are not un­der­ground. Good luck.

It is only a few decades ago that the whole area was an ex­tra­or­di­nary wild­flower re­serve, but sadly now no more. — PAUL SETO Caloun­dra

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