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Erosion and Vandalism Temporarily Close Cowley Beach Track

Erosion and vandalism have caused the temporary closure of a popular 4WD dune track at Cowley Beach.a

For safety reasons the Cassowary Coast Regional Council has closed the track to vehicles until it can be repaired.

Cr Wayne Kimberley said recent high tides and strong winds had caused severe coastal erosion along a 100m section of the track, removing up to three metres of beachfront dune in some areas and leading to undercutting of the track.

He said vandalism had made matters worse, with trees cut down and a sign damaged this week.
"We are disappointed with the actions of some people who have made matters worse at a time when we could all be working together for the best result,'' Cr Kimberley said.

"Erosion and tides caused a temporary track closure before Easter but given the track's popularity we made sure it was re-opened to allow partial access over the Easter break,'' Cr Kimberley said.

"We came back this week to see trees cut down and the road closure sign driven over.

"Unfortunately an irresponsible minority has added to our erosion problems and the track is now completely closed until we can obtain permits from the State Government for partial track realignment and we can begin repairs. It will be opened again as soon as possible."

The dune track runs south from the Cowley Beach boat ramp to the Liverpool Creek estuary.
Cr Kimberley asked locals to respect the current closure.

The Cowley Beach dune track was reconstructed in 2010 after extensive community and government consultation to allow for all-tide access to the Liverpool Creek estuary. It has since been closed once - for storm damage repairs and realignment in 2012. The current erosion is on a separate section of the track.

The track can still be used by pedestrians.

ENDS

Posted 21 April 2017