Guardian of the Sea Gets a Facelift

For more than 30 years she’s protected the Bongaree shoreline from erosion and inundation, now she’s getting a well-deserved facelift.

Moreton Bay Region Mayor Peter Flannery said $950,000 of repair works on a deteriorating section of the Welsby Parade seawall will begin in late May.

“Bongaree is a favourite regional beach destination for many locals and tourists, so it’s our priority to ensure the area can be enjoyed for generations to come,” Cr Flannery said.

“This project involves extending and deepening the concrete foundation, supporting that foundation with underground sheeting, repairing the existing seawall, replenishing sand and improving drainage.

“Welsby Parade was identified as needing the highest priority of repairs, with the remaining section of the Bongaree seawall to be scheduled for works in the future.”

The damaged section is roughly 575 metres long and repair works will see up to 10 people on the job for a period of approximately 12 weeks, weather permitting.

Division 1 Councillor Brooke Savige said the investment would be welcomed by locals.

“Beaches are synonymous with the image and lifestyle of Bribie Island, so this is an important investment in our amenities and future,” she said.

“The seawall was built back in the early 1980s to protect the foreshore parkland from wave erosion and the concrete has naturally deteriorated over that time.

“I want to thank our Coastal Planning team for making these repairs to the seawall along Welsby Parade a priority.”

Repairs to this seawall were identified by the Southern Pumicestone Passage Shoreline Erosion Management Plan that Council uses to prioritise its coastal public infrastructure works.

For more information about the stabilisation project, visit https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Projects/Bongaree-Seawall-Stabilisation

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