A map showing the proposed location for a seawall at Toogoom.
A map showing the proposed location for a seawall at Toogoom. contributed

Council calls for tenders to build Toogoom rock wall

THE council has called for tenders to build a controversial $1.9 million seawall at Toogoom.

A notice appeared in Saturday's Chronicle calling for developers to build the 370m Kingfisher Pde wall.

The structure is needed to protect a group of homes from erosion, and was initially proposed in 2005.

Lobbying for the project was stepped up this year after summer storms brought severe erosion within metres of some homeowners' doorsteps.

The project took a step forward in June, when the council adopted a financing arrangement allowing it to build the seawall, with 16 affected homeowners to pay the costs back through a special rate.

The wall has been a controversial move, however, with some Toogom residents suggesting other alternatives be examined to protect the properties, as there were fears a wall would affect the nearby coastline.

The Chronicle seen a copy of the 400-odd page Aurecon engineer's report, dated August 26, and prepared for the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The report acknowledged all parties had agreed on the structure.

"It is noted... a consensus for a rock armour seawall to provide a permanent solution to the erosion problem in this location has been agreed upon by the residents of Kingfisher Parade, as well as local and state government representatives," the report stated.

It also noted that while the homeowners would pay for the wall's building through a special rates levy, the "asset will be transferred to the Fraser Coast Regional Council once constructed".

That would mean the council would be responsible for future maintenance. But also, that the homeowners would fund a structure proposed to be built within a road reserve, which would revert to council ownership once built.

Toogoom seawall

  • 370m seawall, protecting homes 48-80 Kingfisher Pde, Estimated to cost $1.9 million.
  • Tenders close on October 8.