A map showing the proposed location for a seawall at Toogoom.
A map showing the proposed location for a seawall at Toogoom. contributed

Greenies want timber seawall, warn of possible bore impact

THE head of a conservation group has warned of environmental effects if a rock seawall is built at Toogoom to protect 16 homes from erosion.

Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council president Roger Currie is worried excavation could disrupt the area's water table.

"I've been told they may have to embed the wall 4-5m deep," Mr Currie said.

"So if they're going to extract 4-5m into the sand dune system, that's a pretty big hole, and it could have groundwater impacts.

"That means anyone who uses freshwater along Kingfisher Pde from bores - potentially you could have saltwater intrusion."

Mr Currie suggested a timber wall be built instead.

He said it would require less upfront outlay and would be more environmentally friendly.

Council would need to remove 4ha of vegetation to build the rock wall and said any vegetation removed would need to be offset somewhere else, which would be avoided with timber.

Fraser Coast Regional Council was unable to respond on Wednesday.

Rock wall recap

  • Estimated cost $1.4-$2.6 million
  • 450m wall
  • Homeowners to pay
  • Council to lend money