Newell sand washes away
RESIDENTS at Newell Beach are worried that a proper plan is not being put in place by the Cairns Regional Council to stop the sand being washed away from their beach.
At the moment sand is being dredged from the Daintree River where the ferry operates and is then trucked to Newell Beach and spread along the shoreline.
Residents have called in Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu to see if she could expedite the matter.
Cr Leu said that she put a resolution to council that officers needed to go and talk to the residents and work out just what could be done to stabilise the sand and to keep it on the beach and to stop it from being continually washed away.
“The residents know that with the strong winds and the extreme high tides they get throughout the year this is going to happen,” Cr Leu said.
“But if some vegetation program was put in place it may stop or certainly slow the sand erosion from the beach.
“Residents living at Newell Beach are very proactive with what happens at their beach and want to be consulted by council.”
Council has agreed to Cr Leu’s resolution and now it’s up to the council officers to see for themselves and consult with the residents.
Meanwhile, 3500 cubic metres of sand has been dredged from the Daintree River and trucked to Newell Beach with more likely to follow. Council has not revealed the cost. “But this is really a short-term fix until a proper solution can be found and planting vegetation sounds like the logical thing to do,” Cr Leu said.