News

Bay environmental catastrophe fears

Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee worker Tanzi Smith beside a damaged Mary River.
Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee worker Tanzi Smith beside a damaged Mary River. Tanya Easterby

THE 2013 floods have caused massive Mary River erosion and now threaten environmental catastrophe at Hervey Bay, it was claimed in Gympie this week.

"It could be another Gladstone Harbour," Tin Can Bay fisherman and former industry environmental adviser, Joe McLeod, said yesterday.

He said he was alarmed at the state of sections of river bank near Gympie, where many tonnes of soil had gone.

Sections of river bank near Albert Park and Kidd Bridge in Gympie were "as bad as '92" when river bank slumping had caused "catastrophic damage to marine life in Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Straits," he said.

Silt washed into the ocean had prevented light penetration and killed seagrass, starving the dugongs that fed on it. Dugong populations had been all but wiped out.

This year's double flood had hit at a time when "the environment was still healing after the similar 1992 event".

"This sort of damage is very slow to heal. It could be another Gladstone Harbour," Mr McLeod said.

"We might expect significant dugong die-offs."

Mr McLeod's comments were strongly backed Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee scientist, Steve Burgess, who said the damage was widespread "from Kenilworth upwards and down to Tiaro, especially in areas without riverine tree protection".

"It's like armour for the soil," he said of streamside trees and river bed timbers, often dismissed as snags.

"Major slumping has been reported at Moy Pocket, Skyring Creek, Traveston Crossing, Gympie and Tiaro."

The problem was not so much flooding as unanchored soil on cleared river banks.

"That's what a flood plain does, it floods," he said.

"The slumping is also an effect of streamside management. I'm hoping to suggest some ideas which should be considered among changes to the Water and Vegetation Act.

"There's a reason for green zones in streamside vegetation areas. Even river bed snags have their role in holding the river bottom in place."

 

Flood impacts

  • Major river bank slumping from Kenilworth to Tiaro
  • Potential 'Gladstone Harbour' effect on Hervey Bay
  • Dugong catastrophe 'probable'
  • Streamside clearing a factor
  • Farmers hurt by loss of land
Gympie Times

Topics:  floods, gladstone harbour, gympie, hervey bay, mary river




Mary River cod season closes

The mary river cod.

Fishing season about to close for mary river cod and murray cod.

Bikie Laws: Katter MP compares bikie logos to burqas

Outlaw motorcycle gang colours and logos would be outlawed under the proposed changes.

"Are you going to become the fashion police?"

Warren and Lyn Truss 'one of great political couples'

New Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien was MC as Mr Truss's testimonial dinner on the weekend.

PM calls Warren and Lyn Truss one of the great political couples

Latest deals and offers

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m