Tidal breakthrough study completed
  • Thursday 17 December 2009

Sunshine Coast Council teamed with the federal and state governments to study the risks of a tidal breakthrough of northern Bribie Island—the result is a study called the Bribie Island Tidal Breakthrough Risk Assessment Study.

Now completed, the study was led by the Pumicestone Passage Advisory Task Force and funded by the three levels of government under the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program.

Department of Community Safety’s Emergency Management Queensland Chief Officer Frank Pagano said the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program provided funds for a range of measures, including natural disaster risk management studies, mitigation works and other related activities that contribute to safer, sustainable communities that are better able to withstand the effects of natural disasters.

Chair of the Pumicestone Passage Advisory Task Force and division two Councillor Tim Dwyer said the study was valuable in understanding the risks if a breakthrough were to happen and thanked the state and federal governments for their support.

“Thanks to this study, we now have a better understanding of the risks associated with a breakthrough and will be able to factor in those issues when planning for the area’s future,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The study has highlighted the preferred treatment options and recommends actions and the next steps forward.

“Some of these actions are already underway including a Shoreline Erosion Management Plan for the area between Caloundra Bar and Bells Creek to respond to the current and potential erosion issues.

“The study will also inform council policies such as a Waterways and Coastal Foreshores Management Strategy, Coastal Management Plan, disaster management planning and the new Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.

“Council will continue to work with both the federal and state governments, and the local community to role out the remainder of the actions identified in the study.”

In September, local residents received fact sheet three—Northern Bribie Island: What are the potential risks from a tidal breakthrough?—which gives an overview of the key findings from the study.

The information is available to all Sunshine Coast residents via council’s website. Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to view the fact sheet, or other fact sheets in the series.

The Natural Disaster Mitigation Program is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and Queensland’s Department of Community Safety.

The Pumicestone Passage Advisory Task Force was established in 2006 to identify and prioritise issues impacting on the Pumicestone Passage between Bells Creek and the Caloundra Bar. The task force is made up of representatives from the community, and local and state government.