Plenty of plans to dispel crazy ideas
Loretta Daugalis (Letters, Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, January 13 and 20), asserts that council has been less than open about its reasons for dredging the bar and that the real purpose is to refurbish the dune at the council-owned Batemans Bay Beach Resort.
Yet, the project description in the Request for Tender states that DPI wishes to dredge the Clyde River entrance bar located in Batemans Bay and it nominates the preferred sand disposal site to refurbish and raise low dunes opposite the Batemans Bay Resort and the residue to be dewatered and stabilised at Hanging Rock.
The RET discusses alternative sites to place the sand and gives reasons why they are not suitable and states that any such decision would pre-empt advice in the Coastal Zone Manage-ment Plan.
Corrigans Beach reserve does have a Plan of Management, which recommends dune nourishment and revegetation to prevent inundation during major storms.
This is in line with advice in the Coastline Hazard Management Plan.
The Office of Environment and Heritage explained the necessity of depositing the sand immediately adjacent to the project. Clearly it would avoid double handling and transport costs.
Ms Daugalis questions why more of an effort was not made to have the sand deposited at Wharf Road.
A review of historical information would give an insight into why Wharf Road would be totally unsuitable.
The recent Coastal Hazards Scoping Study identified Wharf Road and other sites in the Bay as being at significant risk of erosion and inundation, requiring updated coastal hazard studies as a matter of priority.
Ms Daugalis alleges “council’s backed a short-term proposal to benefit no-one but itself in the longer-term” and “it’s never declared its interest in the project”.
These are just crazy notions and highlight a serious lack of local knowledge, especially regarding council’s responsibility to manage the Eurobodalla coastline for the long-term benefit of all in accordance with its statutory responsibilities.
Reina Hill, Long Beach
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