Association hires engineer to design timber seawall

THE Toogoom Beach Progress Association is undeterred by the fact that the council has called for tenders to build a $1.9 million rock wall and will continue to push its own alternative option.

Association president Neville Parton will meet Fraser Coast Regional Council chief executive Lisa Desmond on Tuesday.

The two will discuss an alternative which the association believes is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than the proposed rock wall.

"I don't know if they're going to tell us it's gone too far but all I would be asking is they look at our alternative proposal and have it considered by an independent engineer," Mr Parton said.

He said association employed its own engineer to research and then design a timber seawall in the first major act of the newly-formed association.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the recent tender development was a necessary step in the process. "Once we have the tenders, council will be able to go back to the stakeholder residents with information on the cost of the project so they can make informed decisions," Cr O'Connell said. "Until now we've been working on estimates for the project which have varied."

He said the final plans and engineering reports had been submitted to the council for planning approval.

A seawall is needed to protect 16 Kingfisher Pde homes from erosion, a need made more urgent by last summer's storms.

The homeowners will pay for the wall.

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