Sandbags in front of the Torquay caravan park have been exposed by the 3.96m high tide.
Sandbags in front of the Torquay caravan park have been exposed by the 3.96m high tide. Alistair Brightman

Some sand washed away as Bay gets first taste of big tides

FORESHORE protection measures faced their first test on Wednesday morning as Hervey Bay was hit by a 3.96m tide amid criticism of the council's esplanade clean-up.

The high tide about 7.30am was enough to expose sandbags in front of the Torquay caravan park which had previously been covered by sand.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council's sand push will be further tested by Thursday's 4.14m king tide at 8.14am, then a 4.22m king tide at 8.59am on Friday, 4.18m at 9.43am on Saturday and 4.02m at 10.25am on Sunday.

The council last week completed a 3000 cubic metre sand shift to reinforce a Torquay stretch of beach near the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

Meanwhile, a man who campaigned against the council's foreshore enhancement program claimed the coastal erosion would be less severe if vegetation hadn't been removed and replaced.

Rodney Dudgeon, a critic of the enhancement program and organiser of a petition against it, said the council erred in removing cottonwoods and other trees from the foreshore.

He said cottonwoods had been one of the few trees to withstand weather events in the 2013-14 summer, and claimed those along with casuarinas were vital to foreshore management.

"I wouldn't say it would make a heap of difference if they'd left what was there before, but it certainly has made, I would say, significant difference," Mr Dudgeon said.

Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council president Roger Currie said he had seen no evidence to support Mr Dudgeon's claim.

Infrastructure and planning councillor Trevor McDonald said it didn't matter what type of vegetation was on the foreshore, the sand had always come and gone.