Poona’s Mike Hart stands near the waste treatment plant that he fears will one day fall off the edge of Poona’s foreshore if erosion at the site continues.
Poona’s Mike Hart stands near the waste treatment plant that he fears will one day fall off the edge of Poona’s foreshore if erosion at the site continues.

Poona foreshore gets facelift

HE SAYS it’s a band-aid solution to a long-term problem – but Poona’s Mike Hart is still glad to see the council has made several minor improvements to the erosion-affected Poona foreshore.

Mr Hart, a member of the Poona Community Progress Association, estimated that about a metre of the car park that overlooks the foreshore was lost to erosion when the effects of Cyclone Hamish came to our shores last year.

Bollards that were placed to alert drivers were also lost, falling down the embankment.

Orange netting has been in place to alert drivers of the potential danger for the past 11 months but it had recently begun to sag.

The Fraser Coast council has now repaired the orange netting and placed a new “road closed” sign near the embankment to warn drivers of the steep decline at the edge of the car park.

“They have reduced the risk of someone driving over the edge there but at the end of the day it is still 11 months after Cyclone Hamish went through,” Mr Hart said yesterday.

“They have done nothing concrete – I would like to see them do something concrete.”

Mr Hart believes the only thing that will fix the erosion is a couple of truckloads of rocks – otherwise more metres of the foreshore will be lost to future storms.

He said tourists with caravans already had trouble turning in the car park.

“The car park is getting shorter and shorter every year.”

A council spokesperson said the council was working to develop a Shoreline Management Plan for its 112km stretch 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.

Mr Hart was pleased to hear the council announce plans to reinstate the bollards at the foreshore – but said it was just a matter of time before they fell down again if something wasn’t done about the erosion in the long term.

“Even the bollards, when you think about it, are just a band-aid solution.”



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