The council will carry out annual sand pushes at erosion-affected areas of the foreshore at Torquay Beach.
The council will carry out annual sand pushes at erosion-affected areas of the foreshore at Torquay Beach.

Sand pushes get nod

SAND pushes have been given the go-ahead at two trial sites on Urangan South and Torquay beaches in the wake of this week’s council meeting.

Urangan South wasn’t included as a priority area under previous Hervey Bay coastal strategies but a petition tabled by councillor Sue Brooks has been sent to the Shoreline Erosion Management Plan project for inclusion.

Residents told council they have seen the “constant retreat” of the shoreline and were concerned that unless actions to control the erosion are implemented, dunes, animal and bird habitat and infrastructure will be lost.

They asked for rock walls like those on the Gold and Sunshine coasts to be built.

But because the SEMP hasn’t been finalised council officers say it’s “premature” to build rock walls at Urangan South.

Meanwhile the council will prepare and lodge applications to carry out “interim beach nourishment” in the form of annual sand pushes at the two locations, which sit between the Hervey Bay Sailing Club and Neilsens Park.



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