English tourist Sara Quereshi says seeing erosion close up in Scarness is 'hard on the eye'.
English tourist Sara Quereshi says seeing erosion close up in Scarness is 'hard on the eye'. Robyne Cuerel

Beach erosion repaired after more than a decade

THE Fraser Coast Regional Council will this week wrap up works at Scarness Beach to repair erosion and damaged structures - some of which date back to the early 2000s.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said while the council carried out extensive works to the foreshore after cyclone Oswald, some problems were still being dealt with.

"Work to repair the drop off at stairs and ramps on Scarness Beach, east and west of Enzo's, has been undertaken in the past couple of days and will be completed this week," Cr O'Connell said.

"The viewing platform and ramp - which was damaged in storms in the early 2000s - at Scarness, opposite the Beach House (Hotel), was removed last week.

"The council is currently assessing costs to replace the viewing platform and install a new set of beach access stairs on the eastern side of the jetty."

Division 6 councillor Trevor McDonald said the viewing platform and ramp were the subject of legal proceedings after they were damaged.

He said they became so dangerous after recent summers the council decided to remove them.

Cr O'Connell said staff had also completed sand pushes in preparation for summer.

"The works are aimed at profiling the beaches and placing sacrificial sand on to the existing dunes.

"The sacrificial sand is washed away by the wave action whipped up by the northerly winds and high tides but protects the existing dunes from erosion."