Newell sand washes away

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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