04 December 2013

Unley’s vow to battle on

What follows is The Eastern Courier's view of the last Council meeting; text by John Stokes

UNLEY streets must be quarantined in any plan to floodproof Brownhill Creek, councillors say.
In front of a packed public gallery, Unley councillors last week voted to look for a way to protect more than 7000 homes from floods.
Councillor Jennie Boisvert told the council that vocal opponents of a dam in Brownhill Creek Recreation Park had dominated the debate during the saga and it was time for that to change.
"Mitcham must listen to what it is that Unley wants," Cr Boisvert said.
"If Mitcham won’t it may be time for the (Stormwater Management Authority) to tell them how it should be." Cr Michael Saies said the project should explore working with landowners to increase the capacity of Brownhill Creek before digging up Unley streets.
Residents group Save Our Streets is keen to fight what it describes as the potentially devastating impact of the culverts.
Group spokesman Tony McGuinness said the outcome of the council meeting was a positive step.

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