Topics:  fraser coast, hervey bay, king tide

Did you get a photo of the king tide hitting the beach?

Waves crash onto rocks near the Scarness Pier during the king tide.
Waves crash onto rocks near the Scarness Pier during the king tide. Tracey Joynson

A KING tide swamped Fraser Coast beaches about 9am on Saturday morning with keen photographers out and about snapping ocean shots.

Sand was eroded in some places while in other parts, there was no beach left to walk on as the waves crashed onto rock walls or rolled up onto the foreshore dunes.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell encouraged Fraser Coast residents to put their cameras to use during the king tide as a way of identifying locations vulnerable to any future sea level rise.

"What's more it gets the community involved in helping monitor sea level change," he said.

Photogrphers have also been asked to share their photos as part of the Witness King Tides Project which is designed to help people visualise what our coasts might look like in the future under conditions of sea level rise due to climate change.

Participants can upload their photographs to the Witness King Tides web portal to share images and create a visual database to assist with future planning for climate adaptation.

The Witness King Tide event builds on a pilot project run by Green Cross Australia in Queensland last year, where more than 1600 photos were shared to create a photographic mosaic of the coastline.

Mara Bun, Green Cross Australia chief executive, said the project was designed to get communities to record high sea levels at their local beach, wetland, inlet or mudflat.

"The www.witnesskingtides.org website tells people about the summer king tide events, outlines the best spots along the coast to see the impact and gives advice for taking great photos to upload and share," she said.

You can also share your photos with the Fraser Coast Chronicle via a tab on our website under the most popular stories list or via our Facebook page.

 



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