Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell checks work on the demolition of the Torquay beach boardwalk.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell checks work on the demolition of the Torquay beach boardwalk. Contributed

Torquay beach boardwalk being demolished

STORMS have finally taken their toll on the Torquay beach boardwalk.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the boardwalk was substantially damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in January.

"It has been damaged several times by big seas and storms over the years and has reached a point where major work was needed to bring it back to its former glory and ensure it could withstand more storms," he said.

"The force of the waves has lifted sections of the deck or undermined the pier footings.

"Rather than spend more money on repairs we've decided to remove the structure and investigate other options to provide a boardwalk or pathway way along the dunes."

The boardwalk connected the Torquay jetty to the boat ramp in front of the Hervey Bay Sailing Club.

Council has applied for funds from the NDRRA to replace the structure as part of infrastructure damaged by the floods, tornados and ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald earlier this year.