The concept masterplan being considered for a proposed Ballina marina.
The concept masterplan being considered for a proposed Ballina marina.

Weather patterns put at risk latest Ballina marina proposal

I'M NO geomorphologist, engineer or urban planner, but over my lifetime I've seen a lot of what moving water can do to land.

And none of what I've seen gives me the slightest confidence in the viability of the latest Ballina marina proposal.

Whether there's mega-dredging at the bar or not, re-engineering of the breakwalls or not, the proposed development site would face the ocean in fair weather and foul.

This medium-high density residential development would be sited not on solid rock, but on an extremely unstable part of a river notorious for major flooding, in a region prone to powerful east coast lows and tropical cyclones.

A predicted sea level rise of up to a metre over this century should consign this job to the pipe-dream department, or saddle local and/or State government with huge upkeep and repair costs long after the developers collected their dough and bolted.

There wouldn't be an insurance company on the planet that would touch this with a forty-foot pole.

And if you want to see what a boating facility influenced by ocean swells looks like, check out this video of boaties trying to get through the sand and silt in front of the Coffs Harbour boat ramp.


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