Erosion a worry
THE erosion of foreshore in the shire has been written about in a piecemeal fashion for quite a while. Newell, Wonga Beach, Rocky Point – at times they’ve each been in the spotlight. Of course what these separate stories add up to is a very large and pressing problem for the shire.
Boaties, fishermen, environmentalists, property owners and plain folks have good reason to be worried about the situation at Newell and Rocky Point especially.
On top of the concerns about dredging, the state of our hallowed beaches is not something we can take for granted.
Some of this problem seems destined to wash up at the foot of the council, and one can’t imagine the DSC would be too joyous at the prospect of these costly engineering problems ending up on the ratepayers’ tab.
There may not be much provision in future years as the budgetary thinking goes at the moment, but perhaps it’s time to start thinking about it much more urgently. Yes, there are other matters just as critical. So deciding what matters are addressed by the public purse – leaving others to wait a while longer – is the sort of the thing the DSC has asked the community to help decide.
The news is not good – erosion of foreshore can’t be ignored much longer or the infrastructure damage, among other things, will be costly. The price of doing nothing is not nothing.