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A section of Queens Beach near the Ninth Hole of the Bowen Golf Course will soon be better protected from erosion, with a new seawall under construction this week.
Whitsunday Regional Council is aiming to protect the coastline in this area, after beach erosion has caused major damage to the coastal environment over the past few years.
The new 88m seawall will help to stabilise the coastline, and will be built from concrete Seabees blocks, donated by North Queensland Bulk Ports.
Whitsunday Region Division 6 Councillor Mike Brunker said the works were going to make a huge difference to this part of Queens Beach.
“Queens Beach is such a popular spot for locals and tourists, and this project will greatly benefit everyone who visits to our beautiful beaches,” he said.
“This project could not have come about without NQBP’s donation of concrete blocks and the hard work of the Bowen Golf Club.”
“The local community has rallied to support this project over recent years, with a huge fundraising effort from Michael McLean of the Grandview Hotel.”
NQBP’s Director Sustainability and External Relations, Gary Campbell, said NQBP was pleased to be able to support the project, which had direct benefits for both the community and the environment.
“We are focused on helping to build sustainable communities at the ports in which we are involved and this project ticks that box,” he said.
“We also acknowledge the great efforts of Whitsunday Regional Council and the Bowen Golf Club in making the project happen.”
The seawall is expected to be completed by the end of October, with all major beach excavation works complete by mid October, before turtle nesting season begins.
Council will be minimising the impact to any wildlife in the area, with strict checks and spotters in place to watch for marine life entering the site.
Local contractor Hillery Group has been engaged to build the seawall, and will be on site between 6.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
During the project, there will be limited access to the beach in this area, and signage will be in place to inform visitors about the works.
Council was issued with a State government approval in early August and a Queensland Marine Park permit (MPW2017/GBRC0061) to undertake the work. The earthworks will be undertaken in accordance with the State approved Environmental Management Plan.
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