There I was enjoying a leisurely walk with Elle (my dog) along Main Beach to Surfers Paradise this afternoon. It was leisurely until I came across a demolished dune, a bulldozer and truck, and a pile of sand with native dune plants, cut down trees and fencing debris waiting for the tip. Only hours after proclaiming how amazing those who manage Gold Coast’s beaches are and sharing news on some cool projects on the horizon to inspire all 2700 beachfront residents and the hundreds of thousands of locals who also enjoy Gold Coast’s beaches everyday to take care of Gold Coast’s beaches.
How short sighted and I am talking about those making decisions on how to manage the beaches, which to me all I can see is destruction. All in the name of progress while they assess the stability of the seawalls for the Seawall Construction Project.Yet, despite efforts to communicate with the community with a more centralised effort there doesn’t appear to be any further information about this project (specifically the Cable Street – Ferny Avenue project). This bleeds suspicion as the Engineering Services Report for this project was presented in a closed session (why not a public report??).
Please remind me on how the City of Gold Coast could promote that the beaches are fit of summer?
Believe me, there is still a long way to go until such a statement can be made as I agree with experienced surfer Phil Hoile, who has documented the erosion around Main Beach and said it was important to understand some sand had returned but the dunes remained exposed (source: Gold Coast Bulletin).
If the dunes are still exposed along the northern beaches who the hell makes decisions to go ahead and destroy more dunes? The last time I checked we were in 2014 and had all the latest technology available to carry out best coastal management practices on the Gold Coast. Meaning, surely dunes don’t need to be destroyed to assess the stability of a seawall.
The dunes are there for a reason – to protect the seawall which protects the development (plus more of course – I’m not that short sighted).
Stay dune alert.