August 30th 2006
Storm surges into election
Following criticism by coastal scientists of the planned Breakwater canal development and previous developments at Bushland Beach, as, "an example of poor planning," the Townsville Green's candidate, Jenny Stirling told magnetictimes.com, "In the light of climate change and the prospect of super cyclones, this government has shown itself not to be up to the task of governing for the best interests of residents."
Coastal geomorphologists, Professor Nick Harvey, (Adelaide) and Dr. Scott Smithers and Associate. Professor Kevin Parnell (JCU), were reported by the Townsville Bulletin to have indicated that eight metre storm surges were possible for Townsville in a super cyclone.
The article, "Twin cities under water" reported on a paper the scientists gave to the International Geographic Union conference in Brisbane, in which delegates were told that state government approved projects such as the Breakwater Canal Estate and Northern Beaches are not sensible developments in that they are not safe from storm surges.
Greens candidate for Mundingburra, Jenny Stirling said, "This government has sold out to property developers who now contribute more to Labor Party coffers than trade unions. And it shows in the quality of developments they are approving in the Townsville regions."
According to Professor Parnell, there were some errors in the Bulletin's report. He claimed that the 8 metre storm surge possibility for Townsville was not correct. He told magnetictimes.com, "Storm surge is a potentially serious problem in any low-lying coastal area.