Planning and infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald has announced work will start on repairing the Scarness rock wall.
Planning and infrastructure portfolio councillor Trevor McDonald has announced work will start on repairing the Scarness rock wall. Valerie Horton

Scarness rockwall finally being repaired

REPAIRS are being undertaken at the Scarness rockwall, which was damaged during ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January, 2013, and beach access will be disrupted.

Councillor Trevor McDonald said about 60m of the wall would be rebuilt, such was the damage caused by the severe weather event two years ago.

He said the wall had slumped considerably and was lower than it was when it was constructed, which limited the amount of protection it was able to give to the Scarness foreshore.

While 60m of the rockwall will be completely replaced, 300m of the western part of the wall will be repaired and 100m to the east will also be repaired.

"That part of the wall hasn't been affected quite as badly," Cr McDonald said.

He said the wall had been assessed by consulting engineers and funding for the project would come from the State Government.

Cr McDonald said it was important to continue to protect the Hervey Bay foreshore, which was one of the "jewels in the crown" of the region.

Hervey Bay-based Sunstate Group Queensland has been awarded the $1.2 million contract which is being funded by an NDRRA grant to repair damage caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013.

"The wall helps protect the foreshore from erosion," Cr McDonald said.

"Once the wall is rebuilt, council will look at beach nourishment programs to replace the sand.

"The new wall will tie in with existing wall and be no higher.

"While council would have liked to do more, the NDRRA only allows council to rebuild the former structures, not undertake enhancements or improvements.

"This is a significant project and there will be some disruption to beach access from Tooan Tooan Creek to Scarness, the Scarness Park and the Seafront Oval extension.

"Rocks for the project will be stockpiled at the Seafront Oval extension, possibly as early as next week.

"Construction is scheduled to finish by the end of May, weather permitting.

"The beach will have to be closed either side of low tide as the rocks, some weighing up to three tonnes, are transported along the beach from Tooan Tooan Creek to Scarness.

"To ensure people do not inadvertently walk on to the beach when the trucks are operating, beach access points will be closed.

"People will be able to access the beach at high tide and times when trucks are not operating.

"The Esplanade and car parks will generally remain open during the work.

"There will be occasional short interruptions for people using the foreshore walk/cycleway as equipment is moved."

It is envisaged that the work will be carried out during daylight hours only.