Interim barriers installed as Boyne braces for high tide
ANOTHER month, another high tide looms.
Remedial measures are under way at Boyne Island on behalf of Gladstone Regional Council, with approval from the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
Councillor Colin Chapman said the temporary measures were in anticipation of the next high tide, due on Saturday morning at 10.12am.
"Installation of a rock boulder is under way in front of the damaged car park," he said.
"But it is only considered an interim measure to offer some resistance to future storm and/or wind damage, expected to be completed by the end of this week."
Councillor Chapman said investigations into a permanent approach to overcome wild weather patterns in the future were ongoing.
"Investigations are currently under way to determine an overall long-term strategy for the Boyne River mouth," he said.
"This is being conducted by Parks and Environment department; I am unsure when this is due and may or may not identify additional protective treatments to be constructed."
Island Boulevard resident Allan Leo said the landscape of the mouth at the Boyne River had changed dramatically over the past few decades.
"The water never used to come up this far," he said.
"Some of the folks that have been here for 35 to 40 years are really anxious about how much the water levels have risen here."
Mr Leo said it was comforting to know the council was undertaking action to remedy the damage from king tides in the first days of February, and protect residents from an oncoming 4.65m tide.
"It has changed a hell of a lot," he said.
"The king tide was 4.8m; the tide on Saturday will be 4.7m."
Sandbags continue to line the foreshore, with residents bracing for more damage.
Our region ramps up
THE boat ramp extension at Bray Park undertaken by DTMR will be completed next week, however, the land-based infrastructure and budget will be up for consideration and adoption by the council in the 2014-15 budget deliberations.
This means the widened ramp access will be closed until constructed.
The Tarcoola Drv "Boyne River" boat ramp restoration is also nearing completion.
High tide on the horizon
AN ANTICIPATED high tide of 4.7m will impact the Gladstone region on Saturday morning.
The tide will occur one month on from the king tides that adversely impacted Boyne Island and Barney Point and are expected to deliver similar conditions.
Check the council website for updates, and if you live in a low-lying area, precautions such as sand bagging are strongly recommended.