Peter Cameron of Coffs Harbour, replacing the mooring ropes on his yacht Ralu.
Peter Cameron of Coffs Harbour, replacing the mooring ropes on his yacht Ralu. Mike Knott

River bank collapses

A POLICE guard was posted at the Riverside Parklands yesterday morning to keep pedestrians away after parts of the river bank collapsed.

Bundaberg Regional Council workers arrived about lunchtime to put up barrier fencing to keep people away from the edge of the river bank and to close the walkway.

Council CEO Peter Byrne said two sections of the river bank had fallen away, but without causing any damage to anything.

“The river did not cause the collapse, it was just the rain and moisture in the soil,” Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne said the collapse had not put the walkway in danger, but council staff had decided to take precautions until the rain eased up.

“Staff will continue to monitor the situation to ensure public safety,” he said.

“We don’t believe it is going to cause any problems.”

Mr Byrne said the council would have its engineers give an assessment as to what the long-term consequences of the river bank collapse would be.

The rain continued to cause other problems around the district yesterday, with the RACQ reporting Goodwood Road at the Elliott River was closed to all traffic.

But it could start to ease up today, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting some showers across the region.

However, there are still flood warnings in place for the lower Burnett River and for coastal streams south of Bundaberg.

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