New fence for a better beach
  • Friday 03 December 2010

An early Christmas present is on the cards for the delicate sand dune reserve on Coolum’s Main Beach.

Sunshine Coast Council is set to construct a new and improved barrier fence between the main access walkway to the beach and the nearby Coolum Beach Caravan Park. Division 9 Councillor Vivien Griffin said the 90m fence would help to rehabilitate damaged areas of the dunal foreshore reserve.

“The existing fence hasn’t proved effective in keeping people away from that dune reserve area and council is looking to remedy this situation through the construction of a better fence along that stretch of Main Beach,” she said.

“The new fence includes ringlock mesh and is designed to prevent people from using it as a seat and accessing the beach by walking through the delicate dune areas.”

Cr Griffin said rehabilitation works were also set to begin on the dunes.

“Existing onsite sand will be pushed into the eroded areas of the dunes and endemic groundcover vegetation will also be planted with the assistance of community volunteers,” she said.

“The ultimate aim of this fence is to provide long term protection to the dunal foreshore reserve at Main Beach and prevent the need for council to perform regular rehabilitation work to the area as is currently the case.”

Council will begin construction on the new fence next week.