Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Island Fences A[euro][approximately]drown'; Fraser's Lakes Continue to Rise in Big Wet

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Island Fences A[euro][approximately]drown'; Fraser's Lakes Continue to Rise in Big Wet

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Byline: KRISTY MARTIN

HEAVY rainfall on Fraser Island has led to flooded walking tracks, ramp washouts and fences submerged by rising water levels.

Some retaining fences at the island's popular Lake McKenzie will now have to be removed due to the unexpected rises.

Ross Belcher, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service's Great Sandy regional manager, said the heavy rains of the past two years were unforeseen during the planning and installation of the structures, which were part of a multi-million dollar facelift for Fraser.

aThere was a lot of beach there previously and the water used to be 30 metres from where it is now,a Mr Belcher said.

aThe sections of fence and other structures that are currently below the water level will be removed first and we will be assessing what more is required to provide a balance between visitor access to the beach and protecting the native vegetation.

aThis is only about the beach in front of the car parking and picnic areas a where people go to swim in the lake. …

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