Don’t let Sydney Grade Cricket be caught out by climate change

The Sydney Grade Cricket competition is recognised as one of the strongest in the world. It has been among the foundations of Australian cricket since the late 19th century.

But now some of its home grounds are threatened by impacts from sea level rise driven by climate change.

Global warming is warming the oceans. Water expands as it warms. So, the seas are rising: around 200mm last century, and accelerating.

OzCoasts has maps for Sydney impacts of sea level rises of 50cm, 80cm and 110 cm. These maps account for tides, but exclude effects of stronger storm surges – which global warming is likely to bring too.

  • Tunks Park Cammeray, North Sydney’s home for lower grades, would be fully  inundated by the impacts of 1.1 metres sea level rise, and almost completely inundated by the impacts of an 80cm rise.

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  • Balmoral Park would only just survive 1.1 metre sea level rise. The nearby beach would get fully covered with water.
  • Birchgrove Park starts to experience serious entry of water from the harbour at 80cm sea level rise. With 1.1 sea level rise the ocean reaches across the ground almost to the pitch.

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  • Jubilee Oval in Glebe experiences almost complete inundation with 1.1 metres sea level rise.

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  • Tonkin Park, Cronulla shows on Google Earth as having some of its playing area between 2 and 3 metres above current average sea level. It’s right at the edge of the water of Gunnamatta Bay. It isn’t covered by mapping published by OzCoasts yet. Perhaps they could do with a bit more funding with help from the local member, Scott Morrison?

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Why is Joe Hockey voting for Tunks Park, Cammeray, to go under?

Global warming is real. Joe Hockey knows this. And yet he’s been voting in Parliament for Tony Abbott’s agenda of denial, delay and destruction.

Global warming is warming the oceans. Water expands as it warms. So, sea level rise: around 200mm last century and accelerating. So simple, a schoolchild can understand it. So scary, some adults still pretend it isn’t happening and there’s nothing we can, or should, do.

In Australia, most of us – including in North Sydney – live, work and play on the coasts.

Tunks Park in Cammeray has now won the award for “lower grade ground of the year” in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition the last five out of seven seasons, including the most recent season. North Sydney District Cricket Club’s website shows they are appropriately proud of this lovely venue by the water. 

Unfortunately, the OzCoasts map for impacts of a 1.1 metre sea level rise due to climate change would see the grade ground at Tunks Park completely inundated. (Two  of the three grounds with synthetic pitches higher up the park would be affected too, with a rise of this level.)

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An 80cm sea level rise would leave just a tiny island near where the pitch is now.

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Cricket is obviously not a water sport, and salt water is very bad for turf.

North Sydney local member Joe Hockey has been voting with Tony Abbott to move backwards on climate action –  even though we know he knows better. Joe Hockey told Q&A on 19 February 2009:

“Our very strong view is, we were the initiators of an emissions trading scheme, and we believe in a market-based approach”.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2010:

“inevitably we’ll have a price on carbon … we’ll have to”

He was right then. Why is he facing the wrong way now?

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Don’t let climate change wash away Sydney girls cricket

A number of the grounds used by the Sydney Rivers Girls Cricket Association are under threat from the impact of rising sea levels caused by human induced climate change.

Global warming is warming the oceans. Water expands as it warms. So, the seas are rising: around 200mm last century, and accelerating.

Cahill Park in Wolli Creek is under particularly serious threat.

One of the OzCoast maps for sea level rise of 1.1 metres shows that complete  inundation would result for Cahill Park.  You may need to look twice to see where the park is under the blue shade and look side by side with a current map!

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Even with the impacts from 50 cm sea level rise , OzCoast’s map shows that Cahill Park – which is next to the tidal Cooks River – would lose much of its area.

Sydney Rivers Girls Cricket also uses 5 of the 11 grounds in Scarborough Park, Kogarah. These grounds are all only just above the levels of sea level rise where OzCoasts maps for the area show inundation (2.1 metres above current average sea level). Google Earth shows much of Scarborough Park North as between  2 and 3 metres above average sea level now, and Scarborough Park grounds 9, 10 and 11 as not much higher.

The impacts of sea level rise of course include flooding by high tides. OzCoasts notes that their maps do not factor in increased impacts from storm surges.

Don’t let girls cricket be timed out by delays in climate action!

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Climate change threatens sport in Sutherland Shire

At least 9 of the grounds used for cricket in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, together with grounds used by other sports, face serious threats from rising sea levels due to climate change.

Global warming is warming the oceans. Water expands as it warms. So, the seas are rising: around 200mm last century, and accelerating.

  • Gwawley East, Gwawley West and Gwawley North grounds at Taren Point, all show as inundated on the OzCoasts map for impacts of 110 cm of sea level rise – not surprisingly when Google Earth has all three pitches at 2-3 metres above average sea level together with much of the surrounding area.

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  • The athletics track at Forshaw Field and the Port Hacking Rugby Field also show as inundated
  • The bottom half of Kareela Golf Club shows as inundated on OzCoasts map for impacts of 110 cm sea level rise

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  • Lakewood City park, on the Woronora  river at Bonnett Bay, is just off the edge of  the OzCoasts maps for Sydney. But Google Earth has it at just 2 metres above average sea level, and the river is tidal at this point too. So … .
  • Oyster Bay Oval is down at the edge of Oyster Bay and shows as inundated on the OzCoasts map for impacts of 110 cm of sea level rise – not surprisingly when Google Earth has it at just 2 metres above average sea level

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  • Scylla Bay Reserve oval in Como shows as inundated on the OzCoasts map for impacts of 110 cm of sea level rise.

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  • Both grounds at the Solander playing fields at Wooloware show some of their playing area inundated on the OzCoasts map for impacts of 110 cm sea level rise. Daniel Solander, of course, was an outstanding scientist, who saw the world and its oceans with the Royal Navy. Chances are he would have been in the 97% of scientists who are convinced we have to take urgent action to deal with human-induced climate change.

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  • Woolooware High School’s cricket pitch, along with the rest of the school grounds, shows as inundated on OzCoast’s map for impacts of 110 cm sea level rise.

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Maybe this is why local member for the Federal seat of Cook, Scott Morrison, used to support action against climate change, through carbon pricing. In June 2009,  Scott Morrison said in Parliament:

There are a suite of tools we need to embrace to reduce emissions. I believe an emissions trading scheme, in one form or another, is one of those tools. Placing a price on carbon, as the Leader of the Opposition has said, is inevitable.

Back then, of course, Malcolm Turnbull was the Liberal Party leader he was talking about.

One more thing in Sutherland Shire: Here’s what 1.1 metre sea level rise looks like at Cronulla-Suutherland’s home ground  – right up to the edge of the stadium; good luck swimming from the carpark. How’s voting against climate action looking now, Scott Morrison?

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Climate change threatens sport in St George, Sydney

Global warming is warming the oceans. Water expands as it warms. So, the seas are rising: around 200mm last century, and accelerating.

Many of the grounds used for sports in the St George area are only just beyond the inundation levels currently predicted from sea levels rising as a result of climate change.  They don’t have much room to spare, and they don’t have any time for delay or reversal of action against dangerous climate change.

For some grounds the picture is even worse.

  • For Carss Park , Carlton Crescent in Carss Park , the OzCoasts map for 1.1 metre sea level rise impact shows 2 out of 3 cricket grounds affected

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  • Scarborough Park Kogarah isn’t marked as inundated on the relevant 1.1 metre sea level rise impacts map from OzCoasts.  There can’t be room left, though, for much more sea level rise than that:  for the 11 grounds at Scarborough Park, much of the park shows on Google Earth as between 2 and 3 metres above average sea level.
  • OzCoasts also shows Kogarah Golf Club inundated extensively if global warming is allowed to keep pushing sea levels up to 1 metre and beyond.

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  • Over at Beverley Park Golf Club the picture is equally grim. The map for impacts of 1.1 metres sea level rise also shows inundation for Claydon Reserve.

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The new Liberal member for Barton, Nickolas Varvaris, has already voted for abolition of carbon pricing; reversal of pricing on even more dangerous greenhouse gases like synthetic refrigerants; abolition of the Climate Change Authority; and abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

What he hasn’t voted for – in fact, what he has voted against – are sports grounds in his own electorate which are under threat.

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Central Coast NSW sport threatened by climate change

Global warming, because of excessive greenhouse gas emissions, is warming the oceans (as well as melting glaciers and icecaps). Water expands as it warms, and the seas are rising.

Last century saw around 200mm in average sea level rise, and the scientists say the pace is increasing.

Some – but not all – of the  grounds used by NSW Central Coast sport are covered by OzCoast maps modelling impacts of sea level rise up to 110cm. Mapping of climate change impacts for more areas of our coasts and inlets is needed, including for the Central Coast.

Meanwhile, Gosford City Council has also made available online its flood maps . These show areas already exposed to risk of inundation from one in 100 year flooding. Of course, sea level rise would increase this risk substantially, and make flooding more frequent and more severe.

  • Adcock Park, West Gosford (grounds 1, 2, 7) is already identified by Gosford council as exposed to flooding risk

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  • Austin Butler Oval, Woy Woy is identified by Gosford City Council mapping as already surrounded by flooding risk (the rest of the town is marked as affected)

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  • Davistown oval (in common with the whole of the town) is already marked by Gosford City Council as flood prone – and really does not need significant sea level rise

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  • Tacoma Reserve is identified on OzCoasts mapping of the impacts of a 110cm sea level rise, as surrounded, even though the pitch itself still appears above water

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The playing area Northlakes Oval at SanRemo shows as only just above inundation level with 110cm sea level rise

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  • Toukley Golf Club shows on  OzCoasts mapping of the impacts of a 110cm sea level rise as experiencing almost complete inundation.

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  • Hylton Moore Park, East Gosford is shown on Gosford City Council mapping with floods encroaching onto the ground. Sea level rise would make water on the ground a much more regular event.

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  • The fields at St Edwards Christian Brothers also show as flood affected.  They are also at risk from sea level rises on Brisbane Water.

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  •  Saratoga Oval is already exposed to inundation on Gosford Council flood mapping. Google Earth shows the pitch at 3 metres. So if your local ground is around that height as well, climate change and action on climate change could be about your own weekend sport,  too.

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Fields used by sports other than cricket are affected too. Gosford City Council’s mapping already shows 1 in 100 year flood risk reaching right to the edges of Central Coast Stadium. And with touches of water on the ground itself.

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This of course is home for the Central Coast Mariners, and where Manly-Warringah play some of their home games. Sea level rise will increase flooding risks, even before it brings Brisbane Water onto the ground itself.

What are the Central Coast’s MPs doing about this?

Are the Central Coast’s federal MPs voting for cricket and other sports in the area to have a future? Not while the Central Coast has MPs that are part of Tony Abbott’s crew, they aren’t.

Karen McNamara, Liberal Member for Dobell,  said in early 2014 that “Australia Day wouldn’t be the same without a game of cricket”. Of course, she’s right about that.

But she lined up in Parliament behind Tony Abbott just the same, to vote to abolish the Climate Change Authority and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and to make it free of charge for polluters to dump greenhouse gases into our atmosphere – and, indirectly, to pour salt water onto your kids’ cricket or football game.

Lucy Wicks, Liberal Member for Robertson, has spoken in Parliament (5 March 2014) about how important sport is for people on the Central Coast. She’s right about that. She spoke about the Socceroos making Central Coast Stadium their base for this year’s World Cup campaign, and she supported improvements to Woy Woy Oval.

She didn’t say, though, how this fitted with voting against measures to try to limit sea level rise. She lined up in Parliament behind Tony Abbott to reverse action on climate change, rather than defending grounds in her own district, and the kids who play on them.

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Sport in Manly, Northern Beaches districts threatened by climate change

Global warming is warming the oceans. As well as melting icecaps and glaciers going into the oceans, water expands as it warms. So, the seas are rising: around 200mm last century, and accelerating.

OzCoasts mapping indicates lots of the grounds used for cricket and other sports around Australia are threatened by sea level rise from climate change. This includes Manly, in Tony Abbott’s own electorate.

One of the scenarios modelled by OzCoasts for this century, 1.1 metres of sea level rise, shows grounds in Manly and the Northern Beaches suffering inundation (factoring in high tides, but without even accounting for storm surges) including:

  • Kierle Park, Manly (2 grounds, plus tennis courts)
  • The Manly Golf Club

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  • Nolan Reserve, North Manly  (6 grounds)
  • Passmore Reserve, North Manly (2 grounds)
  • Some of the course for the Warringah Golf Club

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Ignore Margaret Thatcher’s legacy of taking climate change seriously; put action against climate change into reverse;  put a climate denier in charge of reviewing the Renewable Energy Target; abolish the Climate Change Authority; let a few polluting companies  put CO2 into the atmosphere for free – what have we got to lose, right Tony ?

The kids who might want to play sport at Kierle, or Nolan, or Passmore in future have plenty to lose.

Further up the Northern Beaches, local member Bronwyn Bishop doesn’t even pretend to accept climate science (or maybe any science). It’s all just a theory. What won’t be so theoretical, is the difficulty people in the area have in trying to play land based sports, on grounds covered in water.

  • OzCoasts maps for 110cm sea level rise impacts show the pitch at Bayview inundated, together with the golf course.

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  • The ground at Jacksons Road, Warriewood, shows as inundated.

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  • Lakeside Park at North Narrabeen is closer to current sea level and shows as inundated

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  • Cromer Golf Club would experience significant inundation with the impacts from 1.1 metres sea level rise.

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  •  The Sydney Pacific Athletic Club would experience partial inundation of its track and one of the nearby sports fields would be more substantially inundated with 1.1 metres sea level rise.

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