Landowners to foot erosion bill
THE council has endorsed its shoreline erosion management plan after going through a report on local ocean levels.
The report was put to the council in August.
It identified $530 million worth of erosion works over 20 years would need to be done on the Fraser Coast's 112km of shoreline, from Tinnanbar to Burrum Heads.
The report recommended the council not look at paying for the works on its own, as it would simply be too expensive.
Instead, it recommended that private landowners pay for any work they required themselves.
The council has now accepted this report and has introduced the Shoreline Erosion Protection Structures - Contribution and Costs Recovery Policy.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said although the council could not pay for erosion protection for private landowners, it was not going to leave them high and dry.
The council will provide technical support and facilitate coastal works for private landholders wishing to protect private property, as long as the landholders were willing to fund the works.
Now that the policy has been adopted the council, as a matter for priority, will be meeting with residents in Kingfisher Pde at Toogoom, who are under threat from coastal erosion.
The policy would allow the council to help residents, Division 5 councillor Rolf Light said.
"Rather than adopting a policy of retreat and abandoning residents, council will help them wherever it can by facilitating their erosion control efforts."