Miara erosion mitigation cops another blow

THE Bundaberg Regional Council is continuing to hit more rock walls than it is building, with yet another blow to its Miara erosion mitigation plans.

The council budgeted $120,000 to build a rock wall in an attempt to stop erosion at its Miara Caravan Park, in the 2013/14 budget.

But the State Government has refused its approval until the council provides a study on the impacts a rock wall may have on the area.

Miara divisional councillor Alan Bush said the council had three quotes to do studies on it and two were more than the project was worth.

"That's how much these studies cost; I don't know why we have to go to that expense," he said.

Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said it was this comment from Cr Bush that was his "fundamental frustration" with the debate.

"Unless they actually get in and do some sensible science and engineering consultation - how do they know what they require?" he said.

"What we want them to understand and what we all want to know as tax payers and stakeholders is, what is the consequence (of a rock wall)?" he said.

But Cr Bush disagreed.

"Common sense knows that by putting the rock wall there it's not going to affect anything anywhere else."

He said the council had sent the cheapest tender to the State Government to confirm the study would be adequate to appease the government.

Cr Bush described the situation as "very frustrating".

"It would be different if we were asking for money towards doing the work but it's just to protect our own asset."

Mr Bennett said the state government was happy to work with the council in getting a resolution, but there was a process.

"The minister's not about to put his signature to something that may well have this huge environmental or detrimental effect to that whole area up there," he said.

"A rock wall will have a consequence and all we want to know is, will it have the desired effect?

"It is what it is; we have to go through a process."



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