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Plan to tackle Boyne Island erosion released by council

A PLAN for management of erosion at Boyne Island and Tannum Sands may soon become reality.

This follows a draft released for public consultation by Gladstone Regional Council on Tuesday.

The release of the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands Shoreline Erosion Management Plan follows a series of major erosion events.

The most recent of these saw the Boyne car park all but wash away last month after heavy winds and a tidal surge.

Local residents have been critical of a lack of planning to protect key infrastructure.

There has been strong criticism directed at the Gladstone Regional Council.

Council's environment portfolio spokesperson Councillor Col Chapman said the condition of the shorelines in the Boyne-Tannum area had been highlighted by recent severe and extreme weather events.

"Planning and infrastructure options are needed for this area as soon as possible," Cr Chapman said.

Councillor Ren Lanzon said planning for the future of infrastructure must be done in collaboration with the local residents who were affected by the erosion problems.

"It concerns me in that we have places where people are at risk of losing properties," he said.

Locals with property on the shoreline are invited to join the wider community in discussing options for erosion mitigation, and other long-term planning matters and issues.

The draft plan is available here.

Topics:  boyne island, erosion, flooding, gladstone regional council, tannum sands




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