NO DAM CAMPAIGN INFORMATION
FEBRUARY 2018: REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY APPROVED UNDER THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT. THE FIVE COUNCILS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO SET UP A REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY TO RUN THE BROWN HILL KESWICK CREEK STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROJECT. A WONDERFUL OUTCOME AFTER MANY YEARS OF WORK.
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. HISTORIC FEDERAL COURT RULING:
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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FEDERAL 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!
- “Brownhill Creek Recreation Park has long been cherished by South Australians and as one of our State’s oldest parks, it is rich with cultural heritage” (Minister John Hill, 2003).
Read full quote:Minister John Hill MP
- “The Bureau of Meteorology has provided revised rainfall data that indicates that a flood control dam does not provide a feasible solution for the Part B Works. Further investigation using the data shows that the best solution is upgrading the existing creek at critical sections along the length of Brownhill Creek” (Ian Hunter MLC; Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation; Minister for Water).
Read full quote: Letter From Minister Hunter
- “Option D has been identified by the BHKC Stormwater Project as the preferred option for Part B flood mitigation works”. (BHKC Stormwater Project Summary Brochure: Managing Stormwater Flows in Upper Brownhill Creek, Page 7). Please note that Option D is the No Dam option.
- “The task of this department is to help our communities find a balance so that our impacts do not diminish the natural capital of the state. We express that as – our vision is a sustainable and prosperous South Australia where natural resources are used wisely and a healthy environment is understood to be the basis of a good quality of life“ (Allan Holmes, Former Chief Executive, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources).
Read full quote: Our Chief Executive
- “While I recognise the need to make reasonable provision to protect those at risk from flooding, there are many ways of achieving this that do not detract from, or destroy, areas which should remain unspoiled for future generations” (Barbara Hardy AO, Order Of Australia and Patron of Nature Foundation SA).
Read full quote: Barbara Hardy & Brown Hill
- “The Brownhill Creek Stone Pines are undoubtedly Living Monuments of great historical significance for Mitcham and the State of South Australia. They also have botanical and scientific significance at National and International levels. The Stone Pines at “Seven Pines” are now listed on the Significant Tree Register of the National Trust of South Australia. Their nomination to the Register of Significant Trees of the National Trust of Australia accounts them new status“ (Charlie Buttigieg, Tree Nominator to the Register of Significant Trees of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria and South Australia).
SELECTED COMMUNITY COMMENTS FROM OUR ARCHIVE
Note: Out of over 2,000 comments received, only 3 favoured a dam. One of the three mistakingly thought that the dam would permanently store water. We have included a selection of 41 community comments for you to view.
PETITION CLOSED IN MAY, 2015
Groups Supporting the No Dam in Brownhill Creek Community Action Group / Brownhill Creek Association / No Dam Option D:
- CONSERVATION COUNCIL SA (the peak conservation body in SA):
Letter of Support: Lttr Stormwater Mgt Authority 26 04 12-1
- KAURNA NATION CULTURAL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION (KNCHA).
Wirraparinga-The Valleys of Brownhill Creek-Place of Scrub and Creek
Letter of Support: Kaurna Letter of Support-June, 2015
- NATURE FOUNDATION SA
Letter of Support from Barbara Hardy AO (Order of Australia), Patron of Nature Foundation SA: Barbara Hardy & Brown Hill
- NATIONAL TRUST OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Brownhill Creek Recreation Park added to the National Trust At Risk Register: http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/sa/HeritageRisk2012
- MITCHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY
- THE FRIENDS OF BROWNHILL CREEK
- POLITICAL SUPPORT:
- COMMUNITY SUPPORT:
Deputation to Mitcham Council
Stall at Elder Park
Stall at Mitcham Shopping Centre
GET THE FACTS
On this page you will find links and useful resources for download
- Flood Plan Wins Community Support
- Project Press Release
- BHKC Summary Brochure May 2015
- Creek Capacity Upgrade Works information sheet
- Creek Rehabilitation Works information sheet
- Legal Arrangements with Property Owners information sheet
- Property owners_guide_to_managing_healthy_urban_creeks
- Official Project Website: Latest Information: www.bhkcstormwater.com.au
- KNCHA Public Consultation Letter
- BCTP Letter Supporting Option D
- MHS Letter re Brownhill Creek
- MEDIA RELEASE-Thursday 11th June 2015
- Letter of Support Option D 19_6_20150001 2
- Friends of Brownhill Creek: Environmental and Heritage Aspects
- Dam Cost Estimates
- Factors affecting the cost of a dam in Brown Hill Creek
- Brownhill Creek Association Inc: Planning
- Dr Joseph Smith: A Critique of the Proposal to Build a Flood Retention Dam in the Brownhill Creek Recreation Reserve (Appendix I) (Appendix II)
- FloodSafe – planning, protecting and warning to reduce flood damage
- A stormwater plan that fails the planning criteria
- Flood Hydrology Considerations
- Linear Park Option
- Conservation Council SA. The peak conservation body for South Australia
- Submission on NP&WAct amendment
- BCA-Public Consultation Flyer
- Environment and Heritage Assets in the Upper Reaches of Brownhill Creek-June, 2015
- 2003 Department of Environment and Heritage Brownhill Creek Recreation Park Management Plan
- Final Report on The Seven Pines at Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park
- No Dam in Brownhill Creek Petition-Submission-17th May 2015
- Stormwater Management Authority Guidelines for Stormwater Management: http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Stormwater_Management_Planning_Guidelines_July2007.pdf
- 2014 Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Plan: Part B Report www.bhkcstormwater.com.au
- 2011 Brown Hill Keswick Creek Draft Stormwater Management Plan (Warning Large file 20MB)
- 2012 Brown Hill Keswick Creek Draft Stormwater Management Plan-Latest (Warning Large File 20MB) Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project – Stormwater Management Plan 2012 – 10 August 2012(27199 kb)
- No Dam Option 3A: “Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project – Bypass Culvert Feasibility Assessment (Hampton Street to Forestville Reserve)” – 26 April 2012.
- Stone Pines Report: Final Report on The Seven Pines at Brown Hill Creek Recreation Park(5956 kb)
- Public Consultation Report (2012): Brown Hill and Keswick Creek Consultation Report