It was an unfortunate charade we had to go through.
That was the verdict of Cr Jan Mangleson after last week's site inspection of land that might be swapped for Lot 107 Shara Boulevard, bought years ago for sports fields at Ocean Shores.
In heavy rain that showed how water levels at Billinudgel can be in a minor flood, councillors, consultants and council directors filled a bus that went first to a property at Yelgun ten minutes from the centre of town. The current road would be the access to the property when the highway upgrade is complete.
At Billinudgel, Wilfred Street was flooded so two of the properties west of the village could not be walked.
However, two RTA-owned blocks along the railway line could be seen as the group walked along the line through running water. The block has enough space for one playing field under the highway after the project is complete.
Cr Mangleson said these were the only sites with any merit amongst the 15 considered by the consultants Rob Doolan and Damien Schapelle.
Although the itinerary did not include a visit to Lot 107, Cr Mangleson said residents had checked the community's preferred site and there was no water on the areas originally earmarked for sports fields.
A report will be presented at the council meeting on November 2, when some decisions will have to be made, she said.
- Robyn Gray
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