Council may be preparing to build more seawalls
INFRASTRUCTURE and planning councillor Trevor McDonald is refusing to rule out a seawall extension from the Urangan Pier towards Reefworld Aquarium.
Cr McDonald said a report was being put together to develop a foreshore management plan following back-to-back, damaging storm seasons.
He said an engineer was employed earlier this year to develop the plan, and agreed that in the past two years erosion management had become a more urgent issue for the Fraser Coast.
The Chronicle was contacted about the project by a reader who suggested the seawall could be extended for about 200-300m from the pier.
Cr McDonald said the council had received no formal briefs for such a project but he also refused to categorically rule it out.
"We have a review of all our seawall situations but at this point in time I can't say that there's any proposed action there," he said.
"I would say, formally, we have not had any council briefing in that area but I know we are gathering information on the whole of the shoreline."
Cr McDonald could not say when the report was likely to be finished but said it might be important seawalls were built at some locations within the next few years to protect assets.
He said the council would have to identify which assets to protect.