Rad­i­cal Bay plan re­jected due to ero­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Natalie Wynne

TOWNSVILLE City Coun­cil has re­jected plans for a gated com­mu­nity at Rad­i­cal Bay due to ero­sion con­cerns.

Coun­cil­lor Vern Veitch said af­ter three years of ass e s s ment , t h e a r e a was deemed un­safe for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘ It’s very im­por­tant that we don’t put peo­ple in harm’s way,’’ he said.

‘‘ We have to ex­pect that there is cli­mate change oc­cur­ring, re­sult­ing in sea level change.

‘‘ We can no longer ac­cept tak­ing risks that we per­haps didn’t know about in 2000 when t he f i nal data f or e r o s i o n o n Rad­i­cal Bay Beach was doc­u­mented.’’

Sun­shine Coast-based Ju­niper Prop­erty Hold­ings now has t he r i ght t o ap­peal against the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

Cr Veitch said the re­cent tidal surges proved the gated c o mmu­nity d e v e l o p ment would be risky.

‘‘ There’s been two 4.6m tides, one in Jan­uary 2009 and Fe­bru­ary 2011, we can’t ig­nore those events,’’ he said.

‘‘ They’ve re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant amount of coastal ero­sion.

‘‘ We have to make sure we don’t put prop­er­ties, hu­man lives or in­fra­struc­ture at risk.’’

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