Secret meeting held on future of Toogoom seawall

DETAILS have leaked out of a secret meeting in the home of a Toogoom resident where homeowners voted in favour of constructing a seawall.

Fraser Coast chief executive officer Lisa Desmond, mayor Gerard O'Connell and Division 5 councillor Rolf Light were at the meeting.

Cr Light said the seawall received majority but not unanimous support, and it is believed one person abstained from voting and at least one other was against.

The wall is to protect a cluster of homes on Kingfisher Pde against erosion and Cr Light said the project had progressed at the speed it had because of the approaching storm season.

A source who was at the meeting told the Chronicle homeowners were given little information before and asked to vote on the proposal after watching just an engineer's slide presentation.

The source said there was no official costing but an estimate of $1.98 million for the whole project - which the homeowners will pay through a special council levy - was communicated to them.

Toogoom Beach Progress Association president Neville Parton said the secret meetings should not be taking place and wanted the community consulted.

"The association has an alternative method that should cost a hell of a lot less and also won't have an impact on the environment - and we believe council's rock wall will," Mr Parton said.

He said TBPA wanted any engineer's report made public.



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