ACT NOW: Erosion at Boyne Island in February last year.
ACT NOW: Erosion at Boyne Island in February last year. File

Worsening erosion at Boyne threatens homes

HOME owner Wayne Daly is just five metres from having the sea at his door step.

His house is on the esplanade at Boyne Island on a block his family has owned for 50 years.

In the last four years erosion has become his biggest concern with just five metres of vegetated land left between his house and the ocean.

"It's worse since cyclone Marcia. Our concern is that erosion will affect the structure of our house," Mr Daly said.

"We need some kind of barrier wall that can be built on the beach front to stop the sand slipping away."

Mr Daly is also a builder and has built six houses along the esplanade in the past 10 years.

He said erosion was part of living on the beach front but that it needed to be managed.

He said if the erosion continued insurance would become unaffordable.

"We already pay high insurance for being on the beach front," Mr Daly said.

"Some of the houses in flood zone areas have recently had their insurance premiums go up - some have tripled."



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