Council gives million dollar erosion solution the go ahead
  • Friday 29 October 2010

Sunshine Coast Council endorsed a recommendation to move ahead with a $1.6million erosion mitigation solution at Noosa Spit at this week’s Ordinary Meeting, with work starting on the preferred solution in the low swell period of autumn/winter 2011.

Option e is the combination option outlined in the International Coastal Management Report to protect the Dog beach with geotextile sand filled mega containers and includes:

Stage 1

  • a revetment wall at the upstream end of Noosa Spit to control ongoing erosion
  • an upstream training wall approximately 80 metres long
  • a submerged closure in the vicinity of the Dog Beach.

Stage 2

  • two groynes and
  • foreshore renourishment.

Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said that option e would halt erosion at Noosa Spit, protect the Noosa Woods’ walking paths and the popular Dog Beach.

“In just three years we’ve lost 30 metres at the Dog Beach and 45 metres at the upstream end of Noosa Spit through erosion,” Cr Green said.

“We are faced with losing Noosa Sound, paths, roads, recreation areas and council infrastructure—doing nothing is simply not an option.

“Obviously nothing in nature is absolute, however because of the extensive hydraulic modelling that has been done in this area; we can be confident that the works will result in a near-natural shoreline alignment and will not negatively impact areas further up or down the Coast.

“A thorough monitoring program will measure the need to move to stage 2 works and allows a flexibility in the approach council uses to progress the project past stage 1.”

Infrastructure Executive Director, Andrew Ryan said that an additional $950k is required to deliver this project in the 2011/12 financial year.

“Council will transfer funds from a range of projects across the region that are not scheduled for delivery in their allocated year,” Mr Ryan said.

“As standard practice, if a project is not fully delivered within in its allocated financial year, the unspent funds are reallocated.

“This does not mean those other projects will not go ahead, simply that new funding allocations are made in the following budget year.”