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Whitsunday Regional Council will be undertaking works on Sandhills Creek in Bowen next week, redirecting the creek mouth to protect local residents and public infrastructure.
Over the last two years, Sandhill Creek has shifted to the northern-most extent of the estuary, closer to Bluewater Parade.
With nearby properties and a sewer pipeline under threat, Council will be undertaking earthworks to move the creek mouth further south, near Kings Beach Road.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said Council has been planning the works for a number of months, and have been liaising with the State Government to get the required approvals.
“We have recently gained approval from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and have a Marine Park permit,” he said.
“Our operators will be doing everything in their power to limit the disturbance to the estuary habitat and wildlife.”
The works will be conducted in accordance with the State Government approved Environmental Management Plan for the site.
The works are expected to begin next Monday 2 September, and will take up to five days, finishing on Friday 7 September.
The new creek mouth in the southern section of the estuary will be a similar size to the existing creek mouth.
During these works, the beach between Bluewater Parade and Kings Beach Road will be closed to the public, with fencing in place around the site.
After the works are completed, the new creek mouth will be monitored closely to determine the success of the project to save public infrastructure and nearby properties.
For more information please contact Council’s Department of Communities & Environment on (07) 4945 0200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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