What are the risks of a tidal breakthrough at Bribie?
  • Tuesday 22 September 2009

Golden Beach and Pelican Waters residents should keep an eye out for the fact sheet Northern Bribie Island: What are the potential risks from a tidal breakthrough? as it hits their letter boxes later this month..

Chair of the Pumicestone Passage Advisory Task Force and division two Councillor Tim Dwyer said the fact sheet is the third of the series and will help the community better understand the risk associated with a tidal breakthrough on Northern Bribe Island.

“In this instance, a tidal breakthrough is when storm waves wash across northern Bribie Island lowering the dunes. As the level lowers tidal flows can then continue to deepen the channel which forms a new deep entrance to Pumicestone Passage,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The process may take days or years and is dependent on weather and tide conditions, especially storms and cyclones.

“Fact sheet 3 summarises the key findings from the study, including what causes areas to be at risk of a breakthrough, immediate threats and the risks associated with a tidal breakthrough of northern Bribie Island. It also highlights preferred treatment options, recommended actions and the next steps.”

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

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.