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Noosa River dredging questioned

Council says dredging for sand replacement along a popular stretch Noosa River is a means of asset protection for families who like to fish, swim or relax.
Council says dredging for sand replacement along a popular stretch Noosa River is a means of asset protection for families who like to fish, swim or relax. Geoff Potter

A Noosa River community watchdog is questioning the Sunshine Coast council’s plans to dredge around Munna Point and T-Boats.

Noosa Integrated Catchment Association head Tony Haslam has challenged the council notion that this sand replenishment on the foreshore was routine asset maintenance.

A council spokesman said council had a standing Department of Environment and Resource Management permit to carry out dredging every two years from Tewantin and Munna Point as the budget allowed.

There are designated sandbar areas where the river dredging has to take place and the two-week pumping program is scheduled to start Friday, weather permitting.

Sand will be dredged from specific points of the river, as directed by DERM, and used to shore up the footings of the retaining wall next to Munna Point Caravan Park and T-Boats, off Weyba Road.

The spokesman said these rock walls could become unstable and collapse without the sand cover.

Mr Haslam said under the Noosa River Plan the “dredging of sand from within the river system only occurs where there is a clear demonstrated public benefit; and no feasible and prudent alternatives are available”.

Mr Haslam said the plan stipulated dredging work needed to demonstrate that “intrinsic values and resources of the river system can be sustainably managed and protected, including water quality, fisheries resources and bed and bank habitats”.

“It is important to note all the requirements have to be met, and I would be particularly interested in knowing what alternatives were considered and what mitigated against them,” he said.

“How is it demonstrated that the intrinsic values can be sustainably maintained?

“The Noosa River is South-East Queensland’s highest rating river, and it should not be meddled with on an ongoing basis.”


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