Horseshoe Bay draft shoreline plan consultation ends Sunday

Date published: 18 July 2019

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on a draft Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) that will provide long term options to manage erosion issues at Horseshoe Bay.

The draft Horseshoe Bay SEMP has been open for community feedback on Council’s website for two weeks and closes on Sunday.

Townsville City Council’s Environmental Health Committee Chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said the views of local businesses and residents was important in the development of the plan.

“Council has worked with coastal management experts to develop the draft plan and this is a great opportunity for the residents and local businesses to provide their feedback,” Cr Greaney said.

“Horseshoe Bay is a beautiful and popular destination on the island that is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.

“Unfortunately, the local beach has been hit very hard by a series of major weather events, and while the work Council does each year to reinforce the beach has been effective, we need a long-term approach which the SEMP offers.

“The draft plan provides the science that identifies the causes, and outlines cost effective and environmentally sustainable measures to manage the erosion for a planning period of up to 20 years.

“These works will complement what Council already does to manage the erosion.

“In developing the draft plan, Council has ensured that the needs and expectations of local businesses and residents in the area have been respected and incorporated in the planning.

“The local area was also letter box dropped asking them for their feedback on the draft plan and I’d encourage people to go to Council’s website to lodge their views before the close off date.”

The draft SEMP outlines a range of proposed management options including:

  • Continued redistribution of sand to reinforce the beach profile (annual and as need basis)
  • Beach dune and foreshore management, including revegetation, formalising beach entries
  • Upgraded stormwater drainage along the esplanade

Residents can view and provide feedback on the SEMP at Horseshoe Bay - Community Feedback.