No cheap fix to sand build-up

THE problem of sand build up at the mouth of the Elliott River is no closer to being fixed with no funding to pay for the hefty price attached to the solution.

While a scoping study has revealed there is an easy fix to the build up, Bundaberg councillor Danny Rowleson said it carried a $2.9 million price tag.

"There were nine options put forward by the scoping study," Cr Rowleson said.

"The optimum one was to put geotextile bags out as a groin in an easterly direction to create a trading wall."

Cr Rowleson said the groin would cause the sand build up to naturally disperse, allowing river users a safer place to boat and swim.

But despite the solution, there seems to be no easy fix to the question of where the money needed to fix the Elliott River will come from.

Joe Hockey and Member for Hinkler Paul Neville have pledged $2 million to the project if the Coalition were elected.

"It's certainly beyond the council's capacity to do it alone," Cr Rowleson said.

"The way things are now, it is unsafe and we are losing opportunities for people to go out to Cochrane Artificial Reef.

"You need two days to see everything down there (the reef) but because of the tide restrictions, divers have to get in and out and then only stay for a day."

Cr Rowleson said the ruined river mouth was taking away tourism dollars. "A $500,000 commitment to put a boat ramp and pontoon at Riverview has been made but people won't be able to use it to its full capacity with the river like this," Cr Rowleson said.

"The pontoon went in and we have just recently called for tenders to build the boat ramp."

The councillor said he hoped to see the boat ramp finished before the year ended.



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