Seawall plan to shore up coastline
  • Friday 15 November 2013

Hoping for the best but planning for the worst. That’s what Sunshine Coast Council is doing via its design of a rock seawall along Maroochydore Beach.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said the seawall was considered a last line of defense against severe weather events that had the potential to endanger critical assets along the foreshore.

“This is about having a contingency plan in place if the need arises in the future to construct a higher level of protection for assets and infrastructure along the stretch of coastline between Alex Headland and the Maroochydore Surf Club,” he said.

“This 1.7km stretch of shoreline is subject to erosion from seasonal and extreme weather events and this threatens a number of significant community, council and state government assets such as Alexandra Parade (a state controlled road), a range of council storm water assets and of course the Maroochydore and Alexandra Heads SLSCs.

“I stress that the construction of a rock wall is something that would only ever be considered in an extreme emergency where the protection of assets along this stretch of coastline was in very serious jeopardy.” 

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said state government funding would be crucial to ensure the seawall could, if necessary, be built.  

“Discussion has commenced with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) regarding the coordination of these potential works and for funding contributions to the costs of the seawall where state assets are being impacted,” he said.

“The estimated cost for construction of a seawall is $8.5million so a funding commitment from the state government is extremely important.”