$7 million plan for a rock wall along Hervey Bay's beaches

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council will spend $7 million on plan to shore up the coastline between Halcro St and Dayman Park in Hervey Bay.

At its meeting on Wednesday the council adopted the Hervey Bay Shoreline Management Plan (HBSMP) which includes using a combination of beach nourishment, sand-filled bags and rock to build revetment walls to protect the foreshore.

Work on the plan started soon after significant erosion was caused last year by king tides and northerlies and ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald the year before.

"The plan identifies priority areas and treatments to protect those areas," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.

"It was developed with reference to the Fraser Coast Shoreline Erosion Management Plan Options Assessment and marine engineering specialists.

"It looked at a variety of options from beach nourishment, sand filled bags to rock walls and included laboratory testing using models of the walls in water tanks."

Now that the plan has been adopted, Council will start talks with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection about the design of the revetment walls in the six priority areas stretching from Torquay to Shelly Beach.

"Once we have government sign off we can lodge a development application," Infrastructure and Planning Portfolio Councillor Trevor McDonald said.

"To start with, the work will concentrate on priority foreshore areas in Torquay near the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club, the Hervey Bay Sailing Club, Torquay Caravan Park, Ron Beaton Park, Bill Fraser Park, and extending the existing Shelly Beach rockwall. 

"Thousands of tonnes of rocks, some up to 2.5 tonnes, and 24,000 cubic metres of sand will be needed to build the walls and fill the sandbags.

"Council will also continue to investigate the economic and environmental feasibility of taking sand from the growing spits in the bay to rebuild the foreshore.

"We're working towards having everything approved and calling for tenders in March next year."