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Erosion eating up our assets and some may be sacrificed

THE Fraser Coast's erosion problems are not isolated to Toogoom, and sacrificing assets to the sea might be necessary, says infrastructure and planning councillor Trevor McDonald.

His comments follow a public fight to save Togoom's Fixter Park, which the council recently announced would receive no funds to repair erosion or prevent further damage.

The park sustained severe erosion in January's storms and access to the beach from the popular local haunt has since been restricted.

But Cr McDonald told the Chronicle other parts of the region were suffering similar problems.

He suggested sacrificing assets might become necessary in the future.

"There are other parks, and in my division Gatakers is one example, which are in exactly the same boat. It is not unique, it is simply a reality," he said.

"Certainly at Gatakers we've lost some parkland - at least 15m in depth and close to 100m in length - the bitumen road had to be rebuilt on a new alignment, we've lost two sets of steps."

Cr McDonald said a septic tank for a Poona toilet block was also at risk of being claimed by the sea and would require removal or repair once investigations were complete.

His comments came after Division 5 councillor Rolf Light asked for a report to be prepared to outline options for the council to fix the problems at Toogoom.

Topics:  erosion, fixter park, fraser coast regional council, hervey bay, petition, poona, toogoom, trevor mcdonald



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