CLARENCE Valley councillors have voted unanimously to repair badly damaged beach accesses at Wooli and to reactivate Wooli's Dune Care activities.
In November, the Coastal Communities Protection Alliance-Wooli submitted a request to council that unmaintained beach accesses be restored to a safe condition before the Christmas holiday crowds arrived in Wooli. The alliance also requested the induction of Dune Care planters take place during this time, while many property owners were in Wooli for the holidays.
Representatives of the CCPA met council at its last meeting for the year to hear the verdict on their requests.
“The accesses were built several years ago to ensure safe entrance points to the beach and to prevent beach users from breaking down the dunes,” a CCPA spokesperson said.
“Since then, some have deteriorated so much they pose a danger of slipping and falling to anyone using them, particularly children and old people.
“Others have moved to such an extent that it is necessary to scramble around them. This is causing channels around the sides of and between the sandbags – rather than protecting the dune, the accesses are actually causing more damage.
“We have suggested to council that it initially lifts the displaced sandbags back into position. We have also proposed more modern alternatives such as lightweight, low maintenance stair structures that can be easily removed if necessary in heavy storm conditions. These have been successfully installed at Mooloolaba and are in design phase for Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore.”