Maroochy River Groyne Renewal
After more than a year of community action to protect the beautiful Maroochy River from a devastating rock wall, in December 2017 the Sunshine Coast Council unanimously voted not to rock the Maroochy! Council agreed to stick with sandbags, which already work to hold off erosion while maintaining the natural beauty and access to the river.
This was a huge win for people power and a testament to the determination and strength of the Sunshine Coast community. Congratulations to Don't Rock The Maroochy, SCEC life member Jim Cash and the thousands of you who took action to save the Maroochy. This wouldn’t have happened without you.
What was this campaign all about?
The Sunshine Coast Council adopted a 10-year Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) in 2014 which clearly stated the existing geotextile groin field at the mouth of the Maroochy River is working as planned. The SEMP recommended Council stick with the existing groins, but consider replacing the geotextile bags with rock. SCEC have concerns with this recommendation as it has the potential to have significant negative impacts, including:
- Increased bank erosion of the river bank
- Loss of sand to beaches north of the river mouth
- Increased current velocities of the Maroochy River adjacent to a popular caravan park
- Reduction in natural amenity and user friendliness that the existing geotextile bags provide, thereby reducing the recreational value of the Cotton Tree Precinct.