‘Id­iot’ at work on the Newell Beach groyne

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

SOME­ONE has van­dalised one of the new anti-ero­sion groynes at Newell Beach by slash­ing one of the bags, which has now com­pletely washed away and de­stroyed the struc­tural in­te­griy of the em­place­ment. It has left stake­hold­ers pretty an­noyed.

Chair­man of the Lo­cal Marine Au­thor­ity Com­mit­tee, Robert Hanan, said: “We are ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to get this far, to get those groynes put in place and to have some fool come along and com­pletely not think about the con­se­quences of what they’re do­ing . . .

“The ero­sion at Newell Beach is not only a prob­lem for the landown­ers there, it’s a prob­lem for the en­vi­ron­ment.

“It was a crit­i­cal point. “And what seemed to be hap­pen­ing is that it had sta­bilised, but if id­iots are go­ing to come along and do this sort of stuff we might as well pack up and go home.”

Mr Hanan said LMAC had last met with the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil to dis­cuss the prob­lem at Newell Beach in 2012, but the CRC “washed their hands of it and said the only so­lu­tion was rocks and it would be too costly”.

“Luck­ily we got rid of them and to its credit DSC was pre­pared to try an­other ap­proach.”

The van­dalised groyne is one of a se­ries of groynes that was com­pleted on Newell Beach a few weeks ago, in an at­tempt to halt the north­ward drift of sand along the beach and there­fore prob­lem.

The sand­bags are made of ma­te­rial that al­lows wa­ter to pen­trate to the in­side, mak­ing the sand con­tents heav­ier.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil said it has a re­place­ment bag “there are a num­ber of dif­fi­cul­ties in fill­ing and plac­ing the new bag and we are still work­ing to de­ter­mine the best so­lu­tion.”

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing that some­one has gone to con­sid­er­able lengths to cause this dam­age to the groyne when they have so far been do­ing a good job to pre­vent the ero­sion of Newell Beach,” DSC said.

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Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

It’s breed­ing sea­son on the Dain­tree River with many new hatch­lings join­ing the crocodile pop­u­la­tion

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

The dam­aged Newell Beach groyne

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