New near-shore landslide opens up on Inskip Point
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has made the following statement regarding a new near-shore landslide at tip of Inskip Point:
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are monitoring erosion which has occurred this morning (Tuesday 1 March 2016) near the barge landing at Inskip Point.
The activity started appearing at the surface of the sand at around 8am and ended at 10.15am. No members of the public were in the vicinity.
The erosion has not affected any campsites and is not affecting access to the barge to Fraser Island.
In the interest of public safety, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will continue to closely monitor the site.
Traffic barriers and warning signs will be erected and members of the public are asked to observe all warnings in the area.
It's likely that this was another occurrence of the natural phenomenon which occurred in September 2015 at Inskip. It is caused by the undermining of part of the shoreline by tidal flow, waves and currents.
When this occurs below the waterline, the shoreline loses support and a section slides seaward leaving a hole, the edges of which retrogress back towards the shore.
In technical terms such an event is better termed a "near-shore landslide" than a "sinkhole".
REPORTS of a small new sink hole near where the barge lands at the tip of Inksip Point have been scotched following a local investigation of the scene, though local rangers have acceded the development is a small landslide.
Much of the sand on the beaches of the Cooloola Coast have been shifted around by the rough seas, high tides and big swells of the past week and Cooloola Coast councillor Mark McDonald said yesterday an investigation of the site following "reports" of a new sink hole revealed it was merely a loss of sand caused by the high tides.
Rainbow Beach businessman Tony Stewart also said erosion over the past week had stripped most of the sand away from the tip of Inskip, with only 50m of sand remaining from the tree line to where the Mantaray barges pull up to ferry people and vehicles across to Fraser Island.
"I've never seen it look like that," Mr Stewart said.
"The bar where the barge is parked has really changed a lot over the last week. The Point changes all of the time."
Local Parks and Wildlife officers, however, told other media sources there had indeed been a small landslide at the tip of Inskip.
With a massive influx of tourists an campers expected in less than four weeks for the Easter school holidays, the fear and uncertainty associated with any new landslides (following the terrifying150m wide sink hole that swallowed vehicles and part of MV Beagle camping ground last September) could be disastrous for local business and the Rainbow Beach economy.