Erosion turning tourists away
EROSION slowly eating away at one of the region's most popular tourist spots is threatening to turn holiday-goers away unless immediate action is taken.
Bundaberg man Graeme Welsh has been holidaying by the banks of the Kolan River in Miara for the past 12 years, and has noticed the rapid deterioration of the banks with each visit.
"The bank's been washed away about 10m-15m," he said.
"It has changed from a nice sandy spot for kids to play, and now it's all mud."
Mr Welsh and two interstate families formed a petition in July, which collected 193 signatures, to call on Bundaberg Regional Council to stop the erosion from worsening.
Mr Welsh believed the council had allocated funds for 10 rock walls to be erected to stop the erosion about five years ago, but only one had been built.
"I'd say the erosion has gotten worse since they put the groyne in," he said.
Mr Welsh said the future of the once picturesque holiday spot was now in jeopardy if nothing was done to save the river's foreshore.
"They say it used to be one of the better places to go for holidays," he said.
"Now (tourists) are thinking about cutting their holidays short or not bothering."
Gold Coast woman Kay Watts said the erosion had worsened in the past three years in particular.
"Please help us save Miara - for the small amount it would take to fix it means a lifetime for our children and grandchildren," she said.
Councillor Alan Bush said as far as he knew, there had not been any funds carried over from the former Burnett Shire for more rock walls.
"I am all for doing something down there to protect our asset," he said.
Cr Bush said in order to fix the problem, rocks from the groyne should be placed along the foreshore.
"Or three or four rock groynes put up there so it does the job like the engineers said it would 10 years ago," he said.
"The biggest problem I believe the residents have is to get Department of Environment and Resource Management approval."