SS Dicky lives on
  • Thursday 12 November 2015
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Local residents and visitors to beautiful Dicky Beach may have noticed small remnants of the historic SS Dicky exposed recently.
 
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said this was not a surprise to Sunshine Coast Council and should not be cause for alarm to residents.
 
“We were always aware that the wreck would become exposed from time to time depending on the beach profile and advised the community of this,” Cr Dwyer said.
 
“The remaining portion will be covered when sand returns to the beach which constitutes the key long term management strategy of the site.
 
“Council provides a range of beach hazard signs for use by SLSQ to identify the site during these times.
 
“The previous work undertaken by council and approved by state government sought the balance between addressing heritage loss issues, beach safety and longer term management of the wreck.
 
“The exposed section of the wreck will quite rightly attract its fair share of attention.
 
“The remaining portion represents the consolidated portion of the wreck, the more exposed and loose pieces have already been removed to be incorporated into a future heritage display.
 
“Ultimately a permanent beach marker is proposed to be located on site which is a component of the entire park redevelopment plan.”
 
In commemoration of the historic SS Dicky that came to ground on Dicky Beach at Caloundra in 1893, and as a wreck became a local attraction, council has recently launched Reflections – Remembering the SS Dicky 2016 cultural heritage calendar. Copies can be purchased from council’s library branches, Caloundra Regional Gallery and Customer Service Centres for just $6.