OUR SAY: Council must consult public over rockwall proposal
THE mayor and all councillors who sought re-election in 2016 were returned by a community whose trust since is being eroded by a lack of consultation on key issues.
The latest is a recommendation by council officers to install a 200m rock breakwall out into the ocean from the southern end of the Maroochy River mouth. It will be debated tomorrow, Wednesday, in the council's general meeting at Caloundra, after coming before an agenda review meeting closed to the public, but there has been no broad ventilation of the issue.
There been no consultation with any of the recreational user groups who enjoy the natural asset as it now stands and local businesses that rely on the recreational values of both the surf and calm waters inside the mouth.
Previous reports have examined the issue and recommended against the proposal because of the impact it would have on sand flows to beaches on the north shore, Mudjimba, Marcoola, Yaroomba and Coolum.
Modelling has previously shown the geotextile bags now in place are the best solution to stabilising Maroochydore Beach while allowing the movement of sand north and its flow into the river - a process which will eventually push the mouth north of Pincushion Island.
There is real concern that a rock wall would increase water velocity along Cotton Tree camping ground and park, reducing the safety of recreational water users. These issues and any claimed cost savings are issues a transparent council should have no issue discussing with those it serves.