Foreshore erosion a danger
EROSION has turned the foreshore at Poona into a dangerous eyesore – and it’s only going to get worse if something isn’t done about it, Maryborough’s Mike Hart says.
The foreshore was battered when Cyclone Hamish hit the coast early last year and Mr Hart estimates that a metre of the car park that overlooks the foreshore was lost to erosion when the storm hit.
He wants the Fraser Coast council have a look at the damage and decide how to protect the foreshore before it is too late.
Bollards were erected to stop people from accidentally driving over the edge of the embankment, which has become increasingly steep, at the car park but they have now collapsed because of the erosion.
Mr Hart believes there could be an accident there if someone who was unfamiliar with the area was driving too fast at night.
Orange netting has been put up to alert drivers but it was put up almost 11 months ago and parts of it are now falling down.
A spokesperson for the council said plans were in place to reinstate the fallen bollards at the foreshore but a solution was still being sought to stop the erosion in the area.
The council is working to develop a Shoreline Management Plan for its 112km of open ocean coastline, which stretches from Burrum Heads to Tinnanbar.
The council received $24,000 from the State Government to help develop the plan and has committed funds in the current financial year for the project.
“Each time there is a substantial storm, a bit more of the land on this section of Poona foreshore gets eaten away,” Mr Hart said.
“There is a public toilet at this location.
“The waste disposal system is under threat by the erosion.
“Almost a year later, nothing further has been done.”
While thousands has been spent beautifying the boat ramp at Poona, Mr Hart says, a more urgent problem has been ignored.
He said many visitors went to the foreshore at Poona to look around.
In its current condition, it made a poor advertisement for the area, he said.
“The foreshore needs a couple of truckloads of rocks – that’s the only thing that is going to stop the erosion.
“It’s about time someone did something about it. Otherwise next time there’s a storm, we’ll lose another metre.”