Public invited to have say on shoreline erosion plan

RESIDENTS are invited to have their say on future erosion management plans on Boyne Island and Tannum Sands shorelines.

Gladstone Regional Council approved the release of the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (BITS SEMP) on Tuesday for public consultation prior to consideration for adoption in June 2014.

The council's environment portfolio spokesperson councillor Col Chapman said the condition of the shorelines in the Boyne-Tannum area had been highlighted by recent weather events.

"The high tide and strong wind event resulting from Cyclone Oswald in January, 2013, and a high pressure system to Gladstone's south converging upon the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands coastline, has proved that planning and infrastructure options are needed for this area as soon as possible," Cr Chapman said.

"In order to achieve this, Council engaged Ecosure, a specialist company in this type of study, to assess the coastline areas and develop a plan to manage the key risks."

Cr Chapman said the SEMP provided a framework for managing ongoing erosion and outlined the reasons why erosion was occurring.

He said the BITS SEMP would be released for public consultation at a series of onsite venues throughout the study area.

"Consultation with the local and regional community enables Council to include the significant knowledge of local residents in the document," he said.

"The SEMP can also be viewed on Council's website and will be distributed to federal and state agencies to maximise feedback and information distribution throughout the community."
 



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