Nash Stanley, 6, from Bargara making the most of the sand hills before the sand disappears further up the beach to Torquay.
Nash Stanley, 6, from Bargara making the most of the sand hills before the sand disappears further up the beach to Torquay. Alistair Brightman

Sand to turn the tide, the council hopes

HEAVY-duty trucks have taken up the fight to save the Hervey Bay foreshore. In the next week they'll shift 3000 cubic metres of sand.

Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell repeated the war cry yesterday: shore up the beach ahead of 4.2m king tides at the end of January.

To achieve that, sand is being shifted from the Tooan Tooan Creek mouth to Torquay, near the surf club and the caravan park.

Earthmovers moved in last week and stockpiled, and now the trucks are shifting it five minutes along the coast.

"Our aim is to install a single line of bulk sand bags along Torquay in the priority areas," Cr O'Connell said of the temporary protection measures expected to cost $160,000. "Work will move to other areas if there is time and sand."

Beaches began to run low on sand a few weeks ago, , after winds and tides battered the coast.

The mayor said he wants people to be aware hazards might be at play, and to stay safe when at the beach.

"Please be aware that the high tides have caused a lot of damage so some areas of the dunes are unstable," Cr O'Connell said.

"We urge people to use the designated beach access points and play it safe by not walking or playing on the dunes in areas where they have been eroded as they could slump."

Sand is built up behind the sandbags on Torquay Beach.
Sand is built up behind the sandbags on Torquay Beach. Alistair Brightman