'Dream': Gladstone man reveals 3-year plan for 300m groyne
A GLADSTONE fisherman has big plans for a big groyne at Barney Point ... he now just wants community support to realise his dream.
Neil Nicoll, 67, reckons we need a fishing groyne up to 300m to be built at the Southern end of Barney Point, near the board walk off McCray St.
Mr Nicoll has been working on his model for three years and has just been waiting for the right moment to reveal it.
He said those who would gain the most out of the groyne would be recreational fishermen who don't own a boat and want to fish in deeper water.
The former council worker said his model was designed to be children-safe, considered water flow and would include a wide enough turning point at the end to fit an ambulance, if needed.
"There are many ways for a fishing groyne to work," he said.
"My model includes pipes in the 300m construction, underneath so that it doesn't disrupt the water flow.
"Gladstone has a big fishing community, but with the current economic state our city is in, some people can't afford to buy a boat to hit the good spots, so this groyne would be perfect for that."
According to the Queensland Government's Fish Habitat guidelines, fishing groynes are designed to protect the "structural integrity" of beaches, foreshores and banks.
A Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries spokesman said these stabilisation structures usually replace natural habitats, and "may have impacts on adjacent shorelines and fish habitats though physical processes".
"Stabilisation structures should only be considered where erosion is present or likely to occur without protective measures," the spokesman said.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher met with Neil Nicoll to discuss the idea, and said there were many things that needed to be considered before he would "be in a position to advocate for the project".
These factors included any environmental impacts from changes in tides or sediment flows.
Mr Butcher said once Mr Nicoll provided a detailed business case looking into these factors and costs associated with the project, he would meet with him.
"The idea has merit (and it will) get some use from our local recreational fishing community," he said.
Mr Nicoll said before he takes the project any further, he wanted the public's opinion on the project.
"It's always been my dream, and I hope the Gladstone community share that dream with me."