Seawall approval conditions breached 11 times: association

THE acting president of the Toogoom Beach Progress Association claims there have been 11 breaches of approval conditions during construction of the Toogoom seawall.

Toogoom Beach Progress Association acting president Norm Hoffman raised the breaches in a letter to Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell, a copy of which was also sent to the Chronicle.

He said the breaches related to the Aurecon engineering designs that had to be followed and conditions set down by the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, and Environment and Heritage Protection.

Lanson Civil was awarded the $1.1 million contract to protect homes on Kingfisher Pde from erosion last year.

The Chronicle contacted Lanson Civil on Thursday but was directed to the council.

Construction details to be complied with included that rocks not be cracked but Mr Hoffman has photographs of rocks used in the project that were split.

He said another condition was: contaminants, including sediment, must not be released from the site to any waters or the bed and banks of any waters.

But he said he had evidence that the material "excavated from the trench has washed out into the bay and there was never any attempt to prevent this".

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the design engineer had undertaken a site inspection and advised council that in their opinion the construction was appropriate.

"Council has kept all relevant authorities informed of Mr Hoffman's concerns," he said.

"To date council has received the agencies' support in progressing the project."

He said various parties were working to together to ensure construction of the wall was undertaken in a suitable manner.

Claims

  • Ongoing dust problems
  • No sediment control
  • Works not undertaken in accordance with approvals


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