Barry Bainbridge and other Elliot Heads residents are concerned about the increasing size of the sand bars at the mouth of the river.
Barry Bainbridge and other Elliot Heads residents are concerned about the increasing size of the sand bars at the mouth of the river. ROB BARICH

Scoping a solution to sandy river

ELLIOTT Heads residents are eagerly awaiting the results of an investigation that will determine the future of their beach.

Bundaberg Regional Council commissioned a scoping study of the river mouth area after a number of new sandbanks were brought to their attention.

Elliott Heads and District Ratepayers and Residents Association president Barry Bainbridge said he was concerned at the build-up of sand in the river mouth.

“It is very much a safety problem for boats especially,” Mr Bainbridge said.

“When the tide is low people can’t get in and out. This is a huge problem if bad weather comes along and people are stuck out there.”

Mr Bainbridge said the beach was an asset to the entire region.

“It is getting more and more popular here all the time,” he said.

“Unfortunately it is getting more and more shallow at the same time, though.”

Councillor Danny Rowleson is keen to see the results of the study.

“I would like to see the situation resolved to have a proper working river,” he said.

“I’m concerned with getting all the facts and science right so we can seek funding from state or federal government to make the area safer.”

Options discussed for the area include dredging and a training wall.

Cr Rowleson is worried further delays could affect the safety of mariners and swimmers.

“I’d hate to see the report delay any positive effect that council could make on the build-up of sand,” he said.

“I’d hate to see any loss of life when we could be doing something.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said the sand bars had not yet had an impact on the club.

“Our inflatable rescue boat can get in and out of fairly shallow water,” he said.

Mr Holden said the report results would determine his support.

“In regards to swimmer safety, I wouldn’t be prepared to support any work if they couldn’t prove that it wouldn’t have an effect on swimmer safety,” he said.



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