Councillor Rolf Light, Toogoom resident Martin Cooper and Mayor Gerard O'Connell check the progress of work on the Toogoom seawall.
Councillor Rolf Light, Toogoom resident Martin Cooper and Mayor Gerard O'Connell check the progress of work on the Toogoom seawall. Contributed

Toogoom folks discussing beach access as seawall is built

TOOGOOM residents and the contractor building the seawall are discussing beach access, especially during the holiday periods.

Kingfisher Parade resident Martin Cooper said he was thankful work had started and they had been able to talk with Lanson Civil to save a few of the big trees along the dunes.

Division 5 councillor Rolf Light said work on the $1.08 million, 370m seawall was expected to take three to five months, depending on the weather and tides.

"It took a long time, lots of negotiation, consultation and co-operation to get to this point," he said.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the work was needed to protect homes from erosion.

"While council has helped facilitate the construction of the wall, the property owners who will be protected by the wall will pay for the works," he said.

"Council will fund the works and the property owners will pay council back through a special rate attached to their land."

While some vegetation has been removed to facilitate construction, a replanting program will be undertaken after construction finishes to stabilise the dunes.