Seawall levy kicks in for Toogoom residents

RESIDENTS of Kingfisher Pde in Toogoom will start paying for their coastal protection from Tuesday, when a new Fraser Coast Regional Council levy kicks in.

When the Toogoom seawall project was proposed, a deal was agreed between 15 homeowners on the street and the council on how it would be paid for.

A seawall levy will be implemented on July 1 and spread across a maximum of 10 years to cover the $1.6 million cost.

The levy will be paid by the 15 homeowners on Kingfisher Pde.

Construction has now finished on the rock wall, but a few minor details are yet to be installed.

Councillor for Toogoom Rolf Light said stairs were expected to be installed next week and shrubs were ready to be planted.

"The people that are protected - we've had a few little issues but on the whole they're incredibly supportive and I'm very proud to represent them," he said.

Work began on the 370m seawall in November last year.

Cr Light acknowledged there had been some backlash from some members of the community surrounding the development.

"It's the people who live nowhere near it who have stuck their nose in and have been obsessional with it- an unhealthy obsession," he fumed.

TIMELINE

  • 2005: Discussions begin about the seawall project
  • October 2013: The council approves the 370m seawall
  • November 2013: Work begins
  • June 2012: Major work completed on the $1.6 million wall