ON EDGE: A cabin hangs on the edge of a sand cliff by a thread at Great Keppel Island’s Putney Beach. (Inset) One cabin topples into the sea.
ON EDGE: A cabin hangs on the edge of a sand cliff by a thread at Great Keppel Island’s Putney Beach. (Inset) One cabin topples into the sea. Contributed Photo ROK

No funding forthcoming for Great Keppel Island storm damage

AS Great Keppel Island Hideaway owner Sean Appleton deals with the destruction of Cyclone Dylan on his business, another blow strikes.

Mr Appleton said he was advised yesterday that there was no funding forthcoming for construction of a rock wall or other hard structure.

But the clock is still ticking for an urgent solution to stop erosion at Putney Beach on Great Keppel Island.

A solution to stop salt water entering the main aquifer used by businesses and residents on the island, and any further loss of property at Great Keppel Island Hideaway, was also identified as an urgent priority.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said the council was assured it would receive all the support necessary to speed up an approval of an application for infrastructure to protect Putney Beach.

Member for Keppel Bruce Young held discussions in Brisbane last night with Premier Campbell Newman and other ministers about the issue.

"We've also been informed that the Premier will do everything in his power to ensure the application for erosion control will be assessed by the Departments as quickly as possible," Mr Young said.



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