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In Australia, suburb named for a lake seems destined to become one

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012

When city planners annexed the Lake Macquarie suburb in New South Wales, Australia, few expected that the name might take on literal connotations.

But according to one developer, the suburb could be permanently inundated within 50 years if sea-level rise continues along its current trajectory.

Developer Jeff McCloy and his staff overlaid a map of the proposed suburb with local predictions for sea- level rise. The result showed troubling overlap, indicating that the area will be particularly flood-prone in the not-too-distant future.

McCloy estimates that the area could be permanently inundated by one-in-100-year floods, including sea- level rise predictions, in 2050 and 2100.

He has threatened a class-action lawsuit against the Lake Macquarie council for devaluing and restricting waterfront properties with its sea-level rise policy (Damon Cronshaw, Newcastle Herald, May 30). -- NM

Reprinted from ClimateWire with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. 202-628-6500


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