Council is continuing to monitor the situation at Lake Conjola with a further 56mm of rainfall overnight.
It is noted that most of rain occurred along the coastal fringe and not in the catchment. The Lake has increased a total of 5 cm and levels sit at 0.89 (m AHD). No further significant rainfall is expected from today.
Crews and machinery remain on standby and the situation is being closely watched. Council staff have been on site yesterday and today.
Council has also been closely monitoring Burrill Lake, Lake Tabourie and Shoalhaven Heads over this period. There are concerns around the Burrill Lake area given that this Lake is currently open to the ocean.
Burrill Lake has experienced a significant spike last night with water levels reaching 1.15m AHD. This was due to the large ocean swell causing water to flow into the lake given the entrance of this Lake is currently open. Council staff are also inspecting the situation in Burrill Lake this morning.
The rain is expected to ease today, and forecasts suggest that there will be no significant falls over the coming days. However, if residents are concerned with impacts of the storm or rain they are advised to contact the SES on 132500 or in an Emergency 000. Council can be contacted on 4429 3111 during business hours and our emergency after hours number on 4421 3100.
Council continues to acknowledge the concerns felt by residents at Lake Conjola.
Mayor Findley is meeting with the Hon. Minister Pavey (Minister for Water, Property and Housing) tomorrow to further plead the case for an opening to be enacted.
Correspondence received by Council on the 4th June 2019, from Crown Lands, has requested that Council provide additional information for consideration. Council are hoping this is a positive step forward given, advice previously received from agencies, was that their position had not changed and would not be supporting a planned opening.
The additional information requested, comprises of an Addendum Review of Environmental Factors, under Section 228 of the EP& A Regulations, including a further analysis of current legislative and environmental requirements. This is being progressed as a high priority matter by staff and will be forwarded to Crown Lands shortly.