Paul Gurieff from Brisbane with Danish granddaughters Asta and Eva Gurieff enjoy play time on Torquay Beach, where sandbags installed last summer have been exposed by erosion.
Paul Gurieff from Brisbane with Danish granddaughters Asta and Eva Gurieff enjoy play time on Torquay Beach, where sandbags installed last summer have been exposed by erosion. Alistair Brightman

Sandbags should hold against onslaught

WITH a wet and windy weekend predicted across the region, the council says it has no urgent plans to combat beach erosion and will instead "monitor" the need for costly sand pushes.

Recent storms exposed sandbags which had been placed along the Hervey Bay foreshore earlier this year as a temporary fix.

Fraser Coast Councillor Trevor McDonald said on Friday the bags in the short term had been "very effective" but the council was working towards lasting infrastructure, with work likely to begin in February.

He said in the meantime, the council had considered covering the bags by bringing in loads of sand this week.

It had been advised that because the weather had not been as fierce as expected, it would be better to wait until "conditions stabilise".

Until then, Cr McDonald said he was "not concerned about an erosion crisis".

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, thunderstorms are likely in Hervey Bay and Maryborough late on Saturday with up to 100mm of rain expected in the evening.

Showers and storms are expected onn Sunday and Monday with warm weather returning on Tuesday.