Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tweed Heads, Your Time Starts Now; as Sea Levels Rise So Will the Levees, to Keep the Sea out of Your House. Swing Gates on Street Drains Will Fail as Water on the Seaward Side Spends More Time Holding Those Gates Closed

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Tweed Heads, Your Time Starts Now; as Sea Levels Rise So Will the Levees, to Keep the Sea out of Your House. Swing Gates on Street Drains Will Fail as Water on the Seaward Side Spends More Time Holding Those Gates Closed

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"WATER, water everywhere nor any drop to drink"- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798.

Tweed Heads is surrounded by water, and as sea levels rise so will the levees, to keep the sea out of your house. The swing gates on the drain at the end of your street will fail as the water on the seaward side spends more time holding those gates closed.

Last week's full moon brought two-metre tides for three days in a row, echoing the international news that the government of the Maldives is investing in land for its population to flee to, when the low- lying islands go underwater.

A little over one year ago, the people of the upper Tweed Valley descended on Murwullimbah to protest Malcolm Turnbull's submission that the Senate committee on the Traveston Crossing dam consider damming the Oxley, Tweed and Clarence Rivers to supply water to South-East Queensland.

At the time, the Gold Coast faced Level 6 water restrictions. The residents of Tweed Heads were notably absent from any of those demonstrations or public meetings. Murwullimbah is somewhere up river and Mount Warning beyond that. The fate of a few landowners in some valleys of the hinterland is somewhat remote compared to the need to have clean drinking water out of the tap.

Last month, a water engineer from Alstonville emerged out of the surf at Tweed Heads in a kayak. He was on his way from Brisbane to Sydney Opera House carrying 3000 letters from ordinary Australians concerned about the proposal to dam the Mary River at Traveston crossing.

Those people are concerned, among other things, that the last remaining breeding ground of the Australian lungfish will be destroyed so that the people of South-East Queensland can wash their cars with drinking water. The lungfish is older than the dinosaurs and the ancestor of all land-based vertebrates. …

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