Erosion plan ‘too late’ to protect vulnerable Bay beaches
THE Fraser Coast is "extremely vulnerable" to erosion and councillors have their fingers crossed we'll get through the summer without significant erosion damage.
But no permanent protection work will begin until the council receives a detailed report about protection for the Hervey Bay foreshore - expected to be delivered in February.
Toogoom resident and erosion expert John McGinn says there is not enough time left to make a plan before summer storms take effect, leaving the foreshore at risk.
Mr McGinn, who worked with major engineering companies and advised on erosion issues in America, said all the council could do in this storm season was respond to erosion by sand pushing.
"There's very little you can do," he said.
"It is one of the biggest issues of all."
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kev Hutchins said the region was moving into an El-Nino system meaning some dry months would be ahead - but severe weather could be on the way.
The BoM is predicting four cyclones in the Coral Sea this summer, which is on average with previous years.
In the meantime the potential for further erosion on the foreshore is a real possibility, with infrastructure councillor Trevor McDonald describing the region as extremely vulnerable.
But Cr McDonald said his fingers were crossed we would be able to get through summer without any significant damage.
He said when the report come back in February the council would need to look at options.
"That's when we'll need to make some hard and fast decisions about strategies along the whole of the foreshore," he said.
"This is not about a few cottonwoods - it is an extremely complex and expensive process so we have to get this right."
On January 27 next year, a rock wall across from Deli Bay Cafe in Torquay will be replenished.