- Session for industry experts
- Session for broader community.
- Current Lake Macquarie waterbody levels - and trends in mean sea level over time
- Changes in tidal behaviour over time due to the entrance channel
- Mean High Water (MHW) level in the Lake and annual changes over time.
- Elements that influence lake water levels and how we measure these changes
- How water levels in Lake Macquarie have changed over time.
- The LAP options examined in the CBA
- Methods and assumptions used in the analysis
- Results and recommendations that will help inform the LAP being developed by the Council and the community
- Forming effective community evacuation plans,
- Proactive safety actions during natural disasters
- The process to develop a Community Action Team for Swansea and surrounding areas.
- The atmosphere and the natural greenhouse effect,
- Global warming and trends in greenhouse gas concentrations
- The enhancement of the greenhouse effect by anthropogenic emissions.
Program of community presentations
Council has been running a series of “Let’s Talk” information sessions since 2018. The sessions have enabled greater transparency and awareness of our adaptation work within the community.
Adaptation planning has been a collaboration with a range of consultants over the years. Through our “Let’s Talk” program, we’ve provided opportunities for the community to hear from these subject matter experts and learn more about their research findings.
See the full program below, with a list of guest speakers and topics covered. Links to recorded sessions have been provided where available.
Let’s Talk – Lake Macquarie Water Level Trends
Bronson McPherson and Galen Lewis from Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL).
Two session were run on the day:
Topics covered in industry session:
Topics covered in the community session:
Let’s Talk - Understanding the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for Local Adaptation Planning
Nigel Rajaratnam and Joseph Caruana from the Centre for International Economics
Let’s Talk: Understanding the Probabilistic Hazard and Damages Assessment for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea
Dr David Wainwright
Director of Salients Consulting
Council engaged Salients to undertake a probabilistic hazard and damages assessment to examine the current and future combined flooding and tidal inundation risks (and damages) for Pelican, Blacksmiths and Swansea.
Dr Wainwright presented the findings from the study, which formed the basis of a cost benefit and distribution analysis undertaken in 2020.
Let’s Talk: Community evacuation plans and safety during natural disasters with the SES
Local SES and Council representatives.
Let's Talk: Planning for Future Flood Risks event at Swansea.
Dr Dennys Angrove
Dr Angove is an atmospheric chemist and in August 2014, he retired as a Principal Research Scientist from the CSIRO Energy Flagship where he studied the effect of fossil fuel emissions on the formation of smog and ozone in urban atmospheres.