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Why ‘planned retreat’ is not an option for our urbanised coastline – Sydney Morning Herald

A Collaroy resident argues that much more is at stake than beachfront homes – and failing to protect them will put more properties in peril and force taxpayers to rebuild major roads.

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I represent a group of 10 Collaroy beachfront residents whose homes were badly affected, some seriously undermined, in the storm surge of June 2016. Over the past four years, we along with other residents’ groups have been fighting for the right to protect our homes.
Beach erosion at Collaroy this year.Credit:Getty Images
It’s been a frustrating learning curve, not only for residents but also for the Northern Beaches Council, as we’ve struggled with state legislation. To date, none of the resi…

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