KING HIT: Steep drops and this dangling staircase have been left at Bargara by the recent king tides.
KING HIT: Steep drops and this dangling staircase have been left at Bargara by the recent king tides. Mike Knott BUNBCH

King tides create steep drops and leave stairways dangling

KING tides in Bargara have sliced into sand dunes, creating steep drops and leaving stairways dangling and unusable.

Residential beach access to many houses and apartments along Miller St has been closed off but, as Bundaberg Regional Council reports, that may be the least of their worries.

Bargara divisional councillor Greg Barnes said it was the responsibility of the land

owner to conduct all repairs and erosion mitigation works to the dune area.

Numerous older properties along Miller St hold the title to the high tide line, but Cr Barnes said it made no difference. He said the onus to pay was on the landowner.

Worst hit along The Basin to Kelly's Beach strip was CABE developments Dune and Saltwater.

As a result of the recent king tides, the CABE apartments suffered extensive damage, losing handrails, garden beds, turf and much sand supporting their stairs.

Don Pancho manager Kelley Hutchinson said for the first time in her eight years at the resort she'd had to block off their beach access.

But Ms Hutchinson said the Don Pancho beachfront had - unlike others - escaped relatively unscathed.

The Don Pancho is a turtle-friendly resort and Ms Hutchinson believed the preservation of the natural landscape was key to its protection from the king tides.

"We don't make changes to, or pull trees out or weeds or anything out of those dunes there," she said.

Ms Hutchinson said some of the new constructions along the strip had done a lot of landscaping and removed trees.

"We've always believed, don't do that - those trees and all the grasses and those things are holding the sand there," she said.

"There's one further down where you can see the steps hanging out and you think, okay - they might learn from that one."

And it seems insurance cover doesn't extend to bank erosion.

A Suncorp insurance spokesman said tidal erosion was not generally covered by insurance and was not available as an extra cover.

"There are circumstances where landslip or subsidence on a coastal property may be covered, such as during/as a direct result of a tsunami, earthquake, flood or cyclone. But general tidal erosion is not an insurable loss," the spokesman said.



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