Pre-school forced out over flood concerns


Kylie Masterton, who has a child at the pre-school, said she found it difficult to believe that the preschool could flood.

Story appeared in: Torch | August 15th, 2017



A REVESBY pre-school will be forced to relocate after Canterbury Bankstown Council found that in the event of a flood, there's a possibility a half metre wall of water could "pass through the premises at velocity".
Despite no reports of past flooding of the Sphinx Avenue site, which has been operating as a pre-school for almost 50 years, a council study has found increasing surrounding development has also increased the risk of water impacting on the low-lying property.
KU Children's Services, who lease the site from the council, confirmed that a risk management strategy was in place.
A council spokesperson says flood management studies are required, as are plans to mitigate the impact of water inundation, to protect residents.
"This study has found the use of this facility as a pre-school is no longer appropriate because, in the event of a one in 100-year flood, a half metre high wall of water could pass through the premises at velocity," the spokesperson said.
The council said it has been urging the centre's management, since its lease expired in December 2015, to relocate to another facility and have agreed to extend its occupation until December 2018.
KU CEO Christine Legg says the centre is working with the council to find new premises.
Kylie Masterton, who has a child at the pre-school, said she found it difficult to believe that the preschool is genuinely in a flood zone.
"The preschool has been there since 1969 and not once had a flood," she said.
"There is also no body of water near the preschool. It's been a medium to high flood risk since 2009. Why suddenly is this an issue?"



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