Bill’s beach walks can continue after Marcia repairs done
YEPPOON resident Bill Thurlow has been taking afternoon walks along Cooee Bay beach for as long as he can remember.
But after Cyclone Marcia tore through the region just under five months ago and ripped away the coastline, the access to the beach was destroyed.
However Livingstone Shire Council have now repaired the access, which means Bill's beach walk tradition can continue.
Bill said walking along the beach became increasingly difficult since the cyclone damaged the handrail and steps.
"I would like to thank council for listening to my concerns and repairing the beach access so promptly," Mr Thurlow said.
"A lot of people use Cooee Bay beach throughout the day for many different types of recreational activities and I'm sure they will all appreciate safer access to the beach."
The limited access to Cooee Bay beach had been an issue for some members of the community since ex-cyclone Marcia destroyed the coastline.
However Livingstone Shire Council wasted no time in responding to the community's concerns.
Water, Waste Management and Environment Councillor Adam Belot said a meeting with some local residents highlighted the difficulties they were experiencing in accessing the beach following damage to the concrete stairs and handrail.
"Council staff must be commended on responding to the resident's concerns the day after it was reported," Cr Belot said.
Parks and Recreation Councillor Tom Wyatt said there will be a huge job in restoring our beach accesses and rehabilitation following the impact of ex-cyclone Marcia.
"Council is hopeful of securing some of the $6 million that has been allocated under Category D funding by the Federal and State governments to undertake this significant task," Cr Wyatt said.