BEACH ADVOCATE: Kevin Blessington is photographed earlier in the year with damage caused by the January 2013 floods.
BEACH ADVOCATE: Kevin Blessington is photographed earlier in the year with damage caused by the January 2013 floods. Mike Richards

Boyne beach erosion continues to frustrate

KEVIN Blessington has become increasingly frustrated by the lack of work done to prevent damage caused by erosion at Boyne Island beach.

The Boyne Island resident of 10 years has witnessed many changes to the beach over time, including the major damage caused by the 2013 January floods.

Since then his concern for someone injuring themselves from walking down to the beach has increased.

"There should be steps down to the beach - whether they are concrete or aluminium, as long as they are weather proofed," he said.

He noticed at beaches across Queensland the use of rocks on foreshores to hold the bank together.

"I've just come back from Hervey Bay and that's what they do - it's the same at Yeppoon too," he said.

Mr Blessington hoped the shoreline erosion management plan announced by Gladstone Regional Council would improve the area's safety and usability.

"Erosion will always happen when you have that excessive weather activities but all you can do is try to prevent damage," he said.

Residents use the Boyne Island beach commonly for walking, fishing and other activities.

"It's beautiful down here - it's a lovely place to live and it really comes alive on weekends and public holidays when people from the whole region come to Wyndham Park," he said.

Coastal erosion will be tackled

EROSION on Boyne Island and Tannum Sands beaches will be tackled with a new shoreline erosion management plan released on Tuesday by Gladstone Regional Council.

Commissioned after heavy rains caused flooding in the Baffle Creek catchment area in February 2013, the plan was prepared by Rockhampton-based company Ecosure Pty Ltd.

The management plan aims to address significant erosion and damage in heavy storms, vegetation loss on dune areas, impacts of formal campgrounds and vehicles accessing the beach at inappropriate locations.

Councillor Col Chapman said the need for the plan was more apparent after flooding and heavy winds caused more damage to the beachfront and properties again in February 2014.

What council will do:

  • Assessment and/or removal of permanent structures
  • Retreat from Colloseum Inlet by not renewing leases
  • Restrict access to dunes and sensitive beach areas
  • Dune fencing to prevent vehicle access to sensitive environments
  • Assessment of stormwater outlets and modification where required
  • Revegetation and stabilisation of dunes
  • Signage to direct traffic and improve community awareness
  • Enforce current beach permit system
  • Minor works such as coir logs and sand nourishment
  • Monitor beach use patterns, erosion rates and photo monitoring

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