Topics:  beach, council, earthmoving, erosion, fraser coast, hervey bay, oswald, repairs

Erosion repairs begin on beaches battered by waves and wind

Earthmoving machinery at work on the beach at Torquay.
Earthmoving machinery at work on the beach at Torquay. contributed

THE mammoth clean-up effort to repair the Fraser Coast foreshore after wild weather caused significant erosion is under way.

Waterways and coastal infrastructure councillor Phil Truscott said earthmoving equipment had been deployed to beaches to undertake the work for the past few days.

He said crews would primarily concentrate on conducting assessments of the destruction, beginning with the most populated areas before moving to the outer reaches of the region.

"They are doing assessments of the damage because we all know it was a very vicious storm ... the assessments will be done to figure out what the priorities are," Cr Truscott said.

"We have done a lot at Scarness, near Enzo's; obviously we are concentrating on the populated areas first."

Cr Truscott said crews would visit beaches from Burrum Heads to Maaroom, including Toogoom which has suffered severely with erosion in the past.

He said owners of beachfront properties at Toogoom had been granted permission from the State Government to undertake their own recovery work.

Cr Truscott said the situation residents in the seaside suburb faced was far from ideal.

"It is a heavy weight on my shoulders because I can sympathise with those people. I seriously lose sleep at night over it," he said. "I think it's a dreadful situation."



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