Committee supports new erosion management plan
  • Wednesday 06 May 2009

The Sunshine Coast Council’s Service Delivery Committee has supported a new plan to protect infrastructure, natural systems and local amenity from the impacts of coastal erosion and storm events.

Committee chair, Councillor Paul Tatton, said the committee yesterday referred a report recommending the development of a Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) to next week’s ordinary meeting for the full council to consider.

“The development of this plan will create an opportunity for greater partnering with the State Government to deliver long term and shared solutions,’’ Cr Tatton said.

“It will also highlight response protocols for emergent situations such as those that arrive with storms and big seas.”

Cr Tatton said the report tabled at yesterday’s meeting responded to the recent impacts of Cyclone Hamish on local beaches.

“It also recommends the allocation of funding for urgent repairs to pathways at Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland that were damaged by Cyclone Hamish.

“And it suggests that we explore more robust and sustainable beach access design outcomes – and seek Environment Protection Authority approval to implement them.

“Those points will also considered by the full council next week.”

Cr Tatton said it was clear that high-level negotiations between government agencies are needed to standardise responses to storm and erosion events to be outlined in the SEMP. Council has currently applied to the State Government for $50,000 joint funding to develop the proposed plan.

Council’s SEMP will:

  • Identify significant coastal erosion issues
  • Develop an understanding of the underlying coastal process contributing to erosion problems, give consideration to the natural replenishment process for specific areas and highlight cyclic details
  • Develop and evaluate options for erosion protection and management (including response protocols)
  • Facilitate community input on coastal erosion issues
  • Plan for the delivery of selected erosion protection and management protocols, and
  • Ensure erosion protection and management measures are consistent with State and Regional Coastal Management Plans and other government policies.

Cr Tatton said that council’s discussion on developing the SEMP is an important step towards tackling future erosion issues as efficiently as possible.

“Council plans to work very closely with our community and with the State Government to provide the best possible solutions to the challenges we face.”

Yesterday’s recommendations will go before the full council at the ordinary meeting next Thursday, 14 May, at the Tewantin Chambers.