WASHED AWAY: Wild Cattle Creek has been eroded, halting the access to the beach below. Local resident Kahn Bailey is ashamed at the slow progress council is taking to address the problem.
WASHED AWAY: Wild Cattle Creek has been eroded, halting the access to the beach below. Local resident Kahn Bailey is ashamed at the slow progress council is taking to address the problem. Paul Braven

Erosion neglect leads to dangerous situation at Tannum

EROSION at the mouth of Wild Cattle Creek in Tannum Sands has been left unmanaged - and now it has reached crisis point.

At the edge of the playground and park there is now a three-metre drop. Both wooden ramps, which once led straight on to the beach from Baade Park, now hang in mid air - a metre above the ground.

And the grassy knoll at the main entrance has been washed away.

Gladstone Regional Council has known about the worsening problem since at least 2013.

They carried out site assessments in November 2013 at four places in the Gladstone regional area, including this one.

A management program released for consultation in March last year was supposed to be implemented in late 2014.

Recommendations included dune fencing, revegetation, monitoring, signage and restricting access.

But the council has so far been unable to provide details on any action taken to remedy the situation.

Boyne Island resident Kahn Bailey - who moved to the area in 1972 - said the situation needed to be addressed before the next cyclone season.

The mouth of the Boyne River and Wild Cattle Creek are constantly changing with storm surges and tidal activity, but, Ms Bailey said, the progressive erosion and damage from Cyclone Marcia had left the beach in the worst condition she had ever seen it.

"Something needs to be done about it - now," Ms Bailey said.

"It's dangerous. The orange temporary fences aren't good enough and it's a hazard for small children who could easily fall through.

"The council has a responsibility to do something because it won't stop.

"It's a question of how much of the park or beach do they want the sea to claim?"

Since the park was built in 2000, the area has became more frequently used.

"We know erosion happens there. It's a problem that should have been dealt with then," Ms Bailey said.

"You can't leave it like that."

Environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said the council was well aware of the matter and had received "several complaints", although he would not provide an exact number.

He said the problem had been highlighted in the council's Boyne Island Tannum Sands Shoreline Erosion Management Plan.

He also said a coastal engineer would be engaged to provide advice on the best course of action.

But Ms Bailey said the council needed to move forward with the plan it had already established and take action immediately.

"At the very least they need to put up proper fencing," she said.

AREAS IDENTIFIED AS CRITICAL:

  • Lilley's beach area
  • Boyne Island foreshore area
  • Tannum Sands beach area
  • Wild Cattle Island and Colosseum Inlet 


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