JUNGLE GYM: The badly degraded dunes at Wild Cattle Creek are where the kids are at, doing forward flips and jumps.
JUNGLE GYM: The badly degraded dunes at Wild Cattle Creek are where the kids are at, doing forward flips and jumps. Campbell Gellie

Council works on plan to save degraded dunes

THE degraded dunes at Wild Cattle Creek are a big attraction for kids, who love doing forward flips, jumping and running up the dune.

The orange tape that is meant to keep people off the area is in tatters in some places and the warning signs are being ignored.

But behind the scenes, Mayor Gail Sellers says her council is working to move on the problem and has now engaged a coastal engineer.

An erosion management plan that cost the council more than $67,000 to produce was released in September.

This is the first step in enacting that plan for Wild Cattle Creek.

Conservation Volunteers Australia Gladstone co-ordinator Jodi Jones said there wasn't quick fix for the degrading dunes.

"You can't throw some sand at it, stick some trees in it and hope it gets done," she said.

"It is going to take a lot of time and dedication to get it done by revegetating the natural Spinifex, dune grasses and casuarinas."

She said it could take 10 years of restoration before the dunes are able to handle seasonal cyclones and high tides.

Cr Sellers said children should be supervised at the beach for all sorts of risks, including sand dune collapse.



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