Charleigh and Kelsy Kilpatrick tackle the eroded beach to get to the shoreline.
Charleigh and Kelsy Kilpatrick tackle the eroded beach to get to the shoreline. Valerie Horton

Rock wall slated for Toogoom to fight problem erosion

AN AGREEMENT has been reached between Toogoom homeowners and the council to have a rock retaining wall built by the next storm season.

Eighteen homes on Kingfisher Pde faced a severe erosion threat, with some now possibly one big storm away from ruin.

The homeowners have been locked in intense negotiations with the council and the State Government to find a solution after last summer's wild weather.

A spokesman for the homeowners, Martin Cooper, said an agreement has been reached in principle and preliminary work had begun.

"It will be a rock wall. It will be on state land, 10m seaward from the property boundaries. In some cases that will be on the beach and in other places it will be in a vegetation reserve," Mr Cooper said.

Under the agreed deal, the homeowners will pay all costs through a council-offered loan.

The council will need to lodge an application on behalf of the homeowners with the State Government to allow the special works to go ahead because the land is an environmental zone.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was pleased to help find a solution all parties were content with.

The state application was expected to be lodged soon.

Rock wall nitty-gritty

  • Homeowners pay all costs
  • Council to offer 10-year loan
  • 18 homes threatened
Erosion at Toogoom on January 27.
Erosion at Toogoom on January 27. Contributed