Seawall solution to severe erosion problems at Toogoom

THE long and frustrating fight to save a group of homes before the ocean claims them could be about to come to an end for 18 Toogoom homeowners.

The group, all who have properties on Kingfisher Pde, have been lobbying for a seawall to protect their land from severe erosion.

Representative of the group Martin Cooper said discussions and correspondence has been taking place with the council and the State Government.

He said talks were now approaching a conclusion and a solution is likely to be agreed to within the next week.

Mr Cooper said the State Government was considering giving permission for the seawall to be constructed on its land provided the group foot the bill.

Division 5 councillor Rolf Light said a loan arrangement would be offered to the homeowners to assist in payment.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection confirmed it has met with the council and the group to consider appropriate options for a seawall.

EHP executive director Andrew Connor said the department was waiting on an application from the council on behalf of residents for the construction of a seawall to protect properties under immediate threat from erosion.

"The council and residents are investigating construction methods and costs," he said.

"The role of EHP has been to co-ordinate and provide advice to the council, and to residents."