WELCOME / NINNA MARNI
THE BROWN HILL KESWICK CREEK STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY. THE FIVE CATCHMENT COUNCILS AND THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON FUNDING! THE PROJECT CAN NOW PROCEED AND WILL DELIVER THE REQUIRED FLOOD PROTECTION ACROSS THE BROWNHILL CREEK AND KESWICK CREEK CATCHMENTS WITHOUT A DAM IN UPPER BROWNHILL CREEK.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED COLLABORATIVELY AND TIRELESSLY OVER MANY YEARS TO ACHIEVE THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT!
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO COMMIT FUNDS TO PROTECT FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND HELP SPEED UP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT.
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THE FEDERAL COALITION GOVERNMENT’S $200,000.00 GREEN ARMY PROJECT FOR THE WIRRAPARINGA LOOP TRAIL AND BROWNHILL CREEK HAS BEGUN!
A CONNECTING COMMUNITIES: CULTURAL HERITAGE AND NATURE-BASED TOURISM PROJECT HAS BEGUN!
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LABOR COMMITS TO FLOOD MITIGATION FOR BROWNHILL AND KESWICK CREEKS! THE FEDERAL COALITION GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ALSO COMMIT TO A ONE THIRD SHARE OF THE TOTAL PROJECT COST.
The latest Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) will provide the required flood protection, along with the rehabilitation of Upper Brownhill Creek. Federal and State funding is crucial to the implementation of the SMP, allowing the five catchment councils to proceed.
ALL FIVE COUNCILS HAVE VOTED IN FAVOUR OF NO DAM OPTION D.
There is no chance of a dam option proceeding in upper Brownhill Creek.
A Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan is now finalised and with the Stormwater Management Authority. This final Stormwater Management Plan combines Part A Works (80% of the plan) in the urban sub-catchments of lower Brownhill Creek, Keswick Creek, Glen Osmond Creek and Parklands Creek, with Part B Works (20% of the plan) in the upper Brownhill Creek catchment (Option D).
Councils and community groups can now join together to seek funding and make sure that all stakeholders and our shared environment and heritage benefit from the implementation of a Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan.
This is a historic agreement and BCA wishes to thank everyone who has worked so hard over many years to achieve this common sense outcome in upper Brownhill Creek. A special thank you must go to West Torrens Council and Mitcham Council for their patience and leadership in working towards a collective solution. Adelaide, Burnside and Unley Councils should also be thanked for their efforts to achieve a resolution. The following Media Release appeared on the official project website: http://bhkcstormwater.com.au
“85% OF ALL PUBLIC RESPONDENTS SUPPORT THE PROJECT’S PREFERRED OPTION D”
- All five councils voted in 2012 to pursue a feasible, cost effective and community supported no dam solution, due to widespread community opposition to a dam in Brownhill Creek.
- The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan: Part B Report 2014 recommends Option D, based on the technical findings of independent organisations, using the latest 2013 data. The Part B Report states that Option D “provides the required (100 year ARI) level of flood protection”, “has the lowest capital cost” and “the lowest annual maintenance cost”.
- Now Option D has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the community.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NO DAM OPTION D:
The Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan-Part B Report-September 2014 and the Project Steering Group recommend No Dam Option D as their preferred solution.
Official BHKC Stormwater Project Website: http://bhkcstormwater.com.au
There’s no need for an expensive and destructive dam in Ellison’s Gully or Brownhill Creek Recreation Park (1841). Ellison’s Gully is the major spring fed source of Brownhill Creek / Willa Willa and it shares a natural creek environment, documented cultural heritage and community amenity with Brownhill Creek Recreation Park. This is Kaurna Country, Wirraparinga, and over 11,000 Adelaideans and tourists (see “Petition” page) have called for the preservation of these valleys and the implementation of a feasible No Dam solution. The Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association, Conservation Council SA, the National Trust of South Australia, Nature Foundation SA, Mitcham Historical Society and The Friends of Brownhill Creek (see “Support” page) have all supported a No Dam solution. Responding to overwhelming community opposition to a dam in Brownhill Creek, all five catchment councils, Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens, agreed to pursue a feasible No Dam option and now it is available. All five catchment councils now support No Dam Option D, the project’s and community’s preferred option. The Stormwater Management Authority have directed the Project to finally complete the Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan and communities across five catchment councils can unite to lobby for effective funding to implement the plan. Please scroll down to view videos and access more detailed information.
BCA Membership Form (We now have 217 paid members)
Please note: Anyone wanting a full colour hard copy, suitable for presents for early primary aged children can purchase for $15, with the proceeds going to the Friends of Brownhill Creek to help with creek and riparian zone restoration. Postal orders to BCA, PO Box 113, Mitcham Shopping Centre Torrens Park SA 5062. Account Name: Brownhill Creek Association Incorporated. Financial Institution: People’s Choice Credit Union (formerly Australian Central/Savings and Loan CU). BSB No. 805 050. Account No. 2342677
“This is Brownhill Creek” by local filmmaker Linda Kennedy
Linda enjoyed Brownhill Creek in her childhood and now visits often with her two children. Brownhill Creek is their favourite place. Linda is passionate about making imaginative and creative documentaries and you can see more of her work at Midnight SHORTS
“This is Ellison’s Gully”, the latest video by local filmmaker Linda Kennedy. Linda was not commissioned to produce these films and kindly made them freely available to the public. Linda hopes that her films will help to preserve these natural valleys for future generations.
No Dam in Brownhill Creek – Aerial Video
Gain an amazing aerial perspective of Brownhill Creek Recreation Park (1841) and the magnificent Stone Pines (Pinus Pinea) at “Seven Pines”. These heritage-listed trees are on the National Trust, State and National Significant Tree Registers. Read the Final Report on The Seven Pines at Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park
Noah made this impressive and personal video about Brownhill Creek as part of the SA Institute of Architecture competition: “Take Your Place”. In the Eastern Courier Messenger article “Capture what you love”, Noah says “it’s my favourite place in the world-I love everything about it.”
See ‘Get The Facts’ page
DEPUTATION TO MITCHAM COUNCIL 25/02/14 : PUBLIC EVENT
A huge thank you to all who attended! 150 community members crowded into Mitcham Council Chambers and even overflowed outside. The powerful and positive community energy was “palpable”. The No Dam Petition with 10,087 signatories was presented to council and a summary of the three year campaign was delivered, along with a call for Mitcham Council to continue its support for a feasible No Dam option. This is in line with the endorsed position of all five catchment councils “to pursue a feasible no dam solution”.
ANDREW SOUTHCOTT MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BOOTHBY, FORMALLY OPPOSES THE DAM:
Andrew Southcott MP-Letter of Support
Letter to Andrew Southcott MP
MARTIN HAMILTON-SMITH MP, STATE MEMBER FOR WAITE, FORMALLY OPPOSES THE DAM AND SUPPORTS THE PROJECT PREFERRED OPTION D.
THE HON. IAN HUNTER MP (MINISTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION; MINISTER FOR WATER AND THE RIVER MURRAY; MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE) HAS WRITTEN TO OUR LOCAL STATE MEMBER FOR WAITE.
1. Save the environment and heritage of Brownhill Creek Recreation Park (1841), Ellison’s Gully and the Kaurna Country, Wirraparinga, by stopping the proposed dam.
2. Support the implementation of a balanced and effective Stormwater Management Plan, which includes the feasible No Dam Option D.
3. Promote sustainable best practice Stormwater Management Solutions from ‘Catchment to Coast’.
A dam in Brownhill Creek will not prevent flash flooding from short, intense rainfall over the urban Brownhill Creek catchment. The experts agree that a downstream creek upgrade must be undertaken. These downstream works eliminate the need for a dam and provide a feasible and more cost effective Stormwater Management solution.
A BETTER WAY:
A feasible Creek Capacity Upgrade Option D (No Dam / No Large Hi-Flow Diversion Culverts in Unley) is available and the community is expecting that it be implemented. The five councils need to complete the plan as soon as possible and seek funding. They should not waste any more time on the proposed dam, which is an unnecessary component and a major impediment to achieving a complete plan.
NO DAM OPTION D IS SUPPORTED BY:
- Over 11,000 signatories to the No Dam Petition! (not electronic, but physical signatures)
- Conservation Council SA (our peak conservation body)
- The Kaurna Nation Cultural Heritage Association (KNCHA)
- National Trust of South Australia
- Nature Foundation SA
- Mitcham Historical Society
- The Friends of Brownhill Creek
- Community Alliance SA
- Numerous other community groups
- Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, Independent Liberal State Member for Waite
- Andrew Southcott MP, Federal Liberal Member for Boothby
CATCHMENT COUNCILS’ AGREEMENT:
“In light of community concerns about the proposed dam in Brownhill Creek Recreation Park, the strategy also commits to pursue a feasible No Dam solution”.
But a dam has not yet been ruled out and The National Trust has placed Brownhill Creek Recreation Park on its At Risk Register.
We are the custodians of this valley for future generations and we need to act now, before it is too late!