‘Idiot’ at work on the Newell Beach groyne
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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The damaged Newell Beach groyne