A map showing the proposed location for a seawall at Toogoom.
A map showing the proposed location for a seawall at Toogoom. contributed

Killing trees at Toogoom to stop beach erosion is illogical

EDITORIAL: Trees - apart from being beautiful, vital oxygen producers, great absorbers of summer heat and homes for the Fraser Coast's wildlife - perform another wonderful function: they help prevent erosion.

So it is curious to see a draft plan - aimed at building a rock wall to hold back the sea from 16 threatened foreshore homes - which also includes the permanent destruction of areas of Toogoom's trees.

A walk along that stretch of beach shows just how precarious and urgent the need is for a seawall, with high tide continuing to eat at a small sand cliff just metres from the property line.

The gazetted "Esplanade" between the homes and the sea - you can find it with your favourite map app on a smartphone - does not exist. The hungry sea has already taken that strip of land.

Weeks are ticking by, and it is clear that a decent summer storm could be disastrous for the Kingfisher Pde homes.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council and state officials are working towards getting the wall built.

But where is the logic in knocking down trees to fight erosion?

It is easy to see why some residents are concerned.

We look forward to seeing an environmental impact assessment of the project, before action is taken that may do more harm than good.



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