Buildings at Putney Beach on GKI are getting closer and closer to the edge of the sand dunes as erosion gets worse
Buildings at Putney Beach on GKI are getting closer and closer to the edge of the sand dunes as erosion gets worse Contributed

Putney Beach erosion concerns continue to swell in community

CONCERN is growing within the community over ongoing erosion on Putney Beach on Great Keppel Island.

A concerned resident voiced his concerns in the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week, saying the erosion would soon breach the Putney dune system and destroy Fishermans Beach water aquifer, kill thousands of hardwood trees in the Haven lease area and the Lions lease area, if action was not taken immediately.

Member for Keppel Bruce Young said he had received numerous complaints about the erosion on Putney Beach and items falling onto the beach causing a hazard.

"The department has liaised with The Haven Manager Ms Pitt to ensure all items that have fallen onto the beach or are in danger of falling are removed," MP Young said.

"There was a real concern recently with regard to live electrical cables that were exposed in recent erosion.

"Police, Emergency Management Queensland and the department of Natural Resources and Mines Regional Director were all notified of the hazard last weekend."

MP Young said Ms Pitt assured all those departments in writing that exposed cables had been disconnected and tested.

"We have two major issues - compliance in and around fire and safety along with the natural disaster of ongoing erosion," Mr Young said.

"Following a meeting with three levels of government last Friday we have determined to seek immediate permits to allow sandbagging to be placed to provide some level of support."
 

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