Sounding the retreat? Quake damaged coastal suburbs looking for answers from regeneration plan

With earthquake slumped land and advancing sea-level rise, do Brighton and Southshore have a habitable future? A regeneration plan will have to decide. JOHN McCRONE reports. Mike Sinclair is looking happy, almost chirpy, as he points to the mark about chest high on the front wall of his house – where the floor level really ought to be according to council flood rules. Sinclair lives in a row of homes along the estuary margin in Kibblewhite St, South New Brighton, where the earthquakes dropped the land about half a metre, leaving the front lawns nearly level with the high tide. All that now holds back the water during big storms like last February's record surge is a rather stumpy emergency s

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