Call to move planned Toogoom seawall further from coast

THE president of a Fraser Coast conservation group claims the engineer's report concedes a seawall at Toogoom will compromise the natural environment.

"Aurecon's finding was that if they put the wall there, there will be interference with coastal processes," Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council president Roger Currie told the Chronicle.

He said WBBCC spent the past week studying the report and prepared a submission that was sent to Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell.

"We recommended to the Minister, given that Aurecon has admitted that there will be interference to coastal process, which means it will impact the natural processes on the beach, then an alternative might be to move the rock wall further into the fish habitat zone and look at reclaiming the whole lot," he said.

Mr Currie said doing that would prevent vegetation being cleared so the wall could be constructed, while allowing for area lost through erosion to be regenerated.

The proposal of a seawall at Toogoom has been in the pipeline since 2005 but became more urgent following severe tidal surges and storm swells last summer.

Discussions have taken place between 16 homeowners, the council and the State Government, and under the arrangement the homeowners will fund the seawall through a council loan.

Any plans still need to be approved by the government.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was continuing to work with the stakeholder residents and engineers and await the final report on a proposed seawall.

What it's all about:

  • 450m rock wall will protect 16 homes
  • Property owners pay through special levy
  • Estimated to cost between $1.4million and $2.6 million