Cr Bill Ludwig met with the new owners of the Great Keppel Island Hideaway this week to discuss solutions for the erosion problem at Putney Beach
Cr Bill Ludwig met with the new owners of the Great Keppel Island Hideaway this week to discuss solutions for the erosion problem at Putney Beach File

Solution could be close to GKI erosion problems - Ludwig

BILL Ludwig says a meeting this week with the new owners of the Great Keppel Island Hideaway has identified a cost effective interim solution to erosion issues on Putney Beach.

The Livingstone Shire Council Mayoral candidate and current Rockhampton Regional Council chair of strategic planning said the meeting was productive and identified a low cost and impact interim solution to the on-going erosion problems on the island.

"The owners contacted me late last week with a request for a meeting to put forward their concerns and explore how to best achieve a partnership approach to resolving the issue in advance of the rapidly approaching storm season," Mr Ludwig said.

"The proposal discussed would involve council providing 'in-kind' support by making a loader available to replenish sand which has moved from the fore-dune in order to provide a sacrificial buffer.

"The owners have offered to provide the qualified personnel to operate the loader, as well as fuel and any required maintenance.

"All council would have to do is provide the machinery and formally seek approval from the State Government for the works to be undertaken.

"All we need to do now to advance the matter is form a 'working group' to evaluate the options and operational plans and come back with the costing for council to consider, in consultation with the Livingstone Transfer Manager."

"The matter will come to council again next week and hopefully we can have the 'working group' up and running as soon as possible so plans can be in place before the storm season," Mr Ludwig said.



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