Minnie Water residents turned out in force to show their disappointment at the rock wall.
Minnie Water residents turned out in force to show their disappointment at the rock wall.

Minnie Water wall a dud: residents

SOME people are calling it the Clarence Valley’s version of Belongil Beach while others just prefer to call it ‘a disgrace’.

What they’re talking about is the large sandstone rock wall at the bottom of the bay hill at Minnie Water.

The wall was erected by the Clarence Valley Council in July/August, following the massive storm in May that washed the access road away.

The rock wall was intended to protect the coastline and boat access road from erosion, but as far as residents can see, it’s increasing erosion.

Minnie Water residents and fishermen Ray Lederhose and Ron Robinson said land behind the wall was eroding, which was then undermining the road.

“The water started eating away behind it after the first night,” Ron said.

“Council has come back to fix it up, but it’s made no difference.”

The men said one of the large rocks had already fallen down, which they said was a safety concern for the community and visitors to the beach.

“If the sand could build up it might hold it up, but it’s like Belongil Beach now,” Ron said.

“The wall has stopped the sand building up.”

They believe they’re now losing the beach.

And it’s not just locals who think the wall was the wrong solution for the beach.

Last week the Daily Examiner received a letter to the editor from Martin Thann, of Barnsley, near Port Macquarie.

Mr Thann said he had been a regular visitor to the beach for more than 20 years and was appalled by the quality of the wall.

“The sandstone retaining wall, newly erected to support the road to the boat launching area, is a disgrace,” Mr Thann said.

“It is already failing after only months, with the road works also failing.

“The leeching and undermining of the inappropriate backfill, due to incorrect placement and omission of geotextile material and appropriate free draining material, could see a child innocently walking on and collapsing down as much as one and a half meters and being injured in the fall or buried by the collapsed material.”

He went on to say the construction was a danger to the public, an inconvenience for the public to rectify and a waste of local ratepayers’ money.

A Clarence Valley Council spokesperson said council would investigate complaints regarding the rock wall and staff were happy to talk to residents about the issues raised.



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