Beachgoers head down the new beach stairs for a walk on the beach between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.
Beachgoers head down the new beach stairs for a walk on the beach between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Rob Black

New stairs to prevent erosion

THE beaches between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy took another huge beating in 2010 as Cyclone Ului added to the devastation done the year before by Cyclone Hamish.

But the Queensland Government and the Gladstone Regional Council have combined to help arrest some of the erosion, with the construction of several walkways and stairs at beach access points along the coastline between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.

Local government minister Desley Boyle said the new beach access stairs and boarded walkways put in by council workers would help preserve the sand dunes and make the beaches more accessible and safer for residents and visitors to The Discovery Coast.

“The sand dunes in Agnes Water are prone to erosion, which is bad news for the region’s environment,” Ms Boyle said.

“The new stairs will help prevent erosion and make a trip to the beach more comfortable for visitors who no longer have to scramble up and down the dunes.”

The local Land Care Group has also been working hard, removing exotic pests and replanting the dunes with native species along the Agnes Water foreshore to help arrest some of the erosion problems.

Ms Boyle praised the Gladstone Regional Council for the provision of the stairs.

“Council was able to complete two sets of stairs under budget which meant they could build a third set of stairs at nearby Beaches Village Circuit,” she said.

“The project will help Queenslanders enjoy our great state in a more sustainable way and that is why we have provided $49,465 towards the total project cost of $197,862.”



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