Sea wall may shrink due to no State Government funding
A PROPOSED sea wall to protect the beachfront between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland might only extend as far as Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park.
Council officers say the council should only build the wall to protect council infrastructure as the State Government has refused to provide crucial funding.
The council wrote to Premier Campbell Newman late last year requesting funding for a sea wall to protect about $20 million worth of State Government, council and UnityWater infrastructure along the 1.7km stretch of beach.
However, Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson wrote to Mayor Mark Jamieson on January 31 saying this type of infrastructure fell outside the department's jurisdiction.
"Due to the legacy of debt and deficit left by the Labor government, there is currently no available state funding to contribute to this planned infrastructure," Mr Emerson wrote.
"At present, there are a number of other higher priority projects in the region that are competing for funding including upgrades to the Bruce Highway."
Officers will present a detailed cost analysis at next week's ordinary meeting on the proposal to build the sea wall to protect 34 sites likely to be affected by an erosion event at the Maroochydore Beach Caravan Park.
The cost of building the sea wall was estimated at $1.45 million over a 30-year period, but the cost of losing the revenue from the caravan park was estimated at $2.6 million.
- Over the past two years, council has spent $1.2 million on the construction of a pipeline, dredging operations, dune protection works and beach nourishment to rebuild the sand profile at this site.
- Prior to this council spent $65,000 undertaking sand movement along the foreshore area.