NOT HAPPY: Members of the Midge Point Progress Association on their beach in protest on Tuesday.
NOT HAPPY: Members of the Midge Point Progress Association on their beach in protest on Tuesday. Peter Carruthers

'Environmental success:' DEHP doesn't think so

PROSERPINE local Sarah Rogers has a holiday house in Midge Point and has been closely engaged by the plight of the Midge Point Progress Association since cyclone Ului hit in 2010.

She praised the proactive efforts of the association to try to save land from falling into the sea.

"The elderly residents did a fantastic job on solving a problem the EHP did nothing about and they are sitting on their laurels and all those poor old men are in trouble for doing a great job putting all that matting down,” she said.

"Now it is going around and around in circles with all this bureaucratic red tape but the beach is safe and it has been safe for two years.

"We would have no beach house if they had not done what they did.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said on Monday that the matter had been "resolved” and approval would shortly be given to Mackay Regional Council to remove the geofabric.

"EHP had determined that the fabric was installed without appropriate approvals and represented possible threats to natural coastal processes, public safety, marine life and maritime traffic,” the spokesperson said.

Despite the perceived threats cited by the EHP Ms Rogers hailed the intervention an "environmental success”.

"The beach is coming back. It's growing and repairing itself,” she said.

The enforcement of the Coastal Protection and Management Act is EHP's responsibility.

Under the Coastal Protection and Management Act the EHP has the power to issue a coastal protection notice to prevent adverse impacts to the coast.


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