Builder sought for Bay's geotextile protection wall
TENDERS have been sought to build a "high priority" wall on Hervey Bay's beaches to protect against erosion.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has called for tenders to build a coastal protection revetment wall from the Torquay Boat Ramp to Ron Beaton Park.
The Torquay section of the wall is part of the $7million Hervey Bay Shoreline Management Plan which maps the foreshore from Halcro St in Pialba to Dayman Park in Urangan.
The plan includes using a combination of beach nourishment, sand-filled bags and rock to build revetment walls to protect the foreshore.
Stretching almost nine kilometres, the Hervey Bay foreshore is vulnerable to northerly winds coupled with high tides.
In 2013 ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald ripped through the region, with big swells and strong winds lashing businesses and beaches on the Esplanade.
Councillor Rolf Light said protecting the Esplanade was vital.
"It's a high priority because the Esplanade is a key tourist attraction," he said.
"We've got a duty of care to protect community assets.
"With ever-increasing higher tides and unusual weather events there is no other option than doing something to protect the main thoroughfare of business on the Esplanade."
The tenders for the Torquay section of the wall will close at 11am on June 23.