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Woorim coastline erosion worries community

Richard Proudfoot, Ian Bell and John Oxenford look at work being down at Woorim Beach. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Richard Proudfoot, Ian Bell and John Oxenford look at work being down at Woorim Beach. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

IT'S hard to deny the Woorim foreshore along Boyd St has taken an absolute battering in the past.

Heavily eroded sand dunes, a lack of beach protection and potentially vulnerable parkland and homes is a problem Moreton Bay Regional Council and concerned residents both want to fix. They just disagree when it comes to how.

On Wednesday, division one councillor Gary Parsons said he had planned to meet with Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell and Member for Pumicestone Lisa France to discuss appropriate works similar to the north of the beach such as sandbags, fencing and sand replenishment.

"We need the appropriate approvals fast tracked to do the work," he said.

Cr Parsons did not believe homes along Boyd St were at risk of a similar fate as Gold Coast beachfront home owners.

"The homes are still 50-80m away, they are not at risk. It's not like the Gold Coast where their property is right on the beach," he said.

However Cr Parsons did feel the parkland along Boyd St was in need of attention. "The parkland is vulnerable. It needs to be protected so future generations can use it."

Concerned resident John Oxenford agreed that the parkland needed protection however he felt the removal of salt tolerant casuarina trees acted as more of a hindrance than help to the foreshore.

"There was no thought given to the homes along Boyd St. Taking these away has left them very vulnerable," he said.

"It's difficult to understand why the State Government has sat back and let all this vegetation be taken out of what they deem to be an erosion control reserve."

Mr Oxenford felt disturbance to the natural environment was a factor which could further devalue homes along the foreshore.

A Moreton Bay Regional Council spokesperson said a number of trees on the Woorim foreshore were felled or significantly damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

"Affected trees were removed on the advice of an independent arborist," the spokesman said.

Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association spokesman Richard Proudfoot called for salt-tolerant trees to be restored along the foreshore at Woorim.

He felt the council had ignored the Shoreline Erosion Management Plan which recommended adequate vegetation as a means to protect the foreshore.

However the council spokesman said a program to plant replacement vegetation along the foreshore was under way utilising species that were suited to coastal conditions.

Cr Parsons said replanting casaurinas along the Boyd St foreshore would be a waste of money.

"The trees were chipping away at the edge of the dune, what is happening has nothing to do with the removal of a handful of trees."

Topics:  bribie island erosion woorim


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