Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Putney Beach at the Centre of Public Discussion

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Putney Beach at the Centre of Public Discussion

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Byline: Amber Hooker Amber.Hooker@capnews.com.au

DAVID Kelly says a jetty is the only sustainable way to reduce the relocation of sand on Great Keppel Island in the wake of a local businessman's outcry over upcoming erosion protection works on the island.

The former Yeppoon turned Rockhampton local has frequented GKI since the early 1980s, both for recreational sailing and work, and claimed the environment had substantially changed over the years - particularly noting large holes in the sand, he believes are the result of ferries.

His recollection follows Fastcat Ferries co-owner Max Allan's disapproval of GKI Bar & Resort Pty Ltd's successful application to the Livingstone Shire Council build a revetment wall, approved on May 29, 2015.

Mr Allan last week expressed his opposition to the relocation of sand from Fishermans Beach to Putney Beach in fear of the effects it would have on his business and the environment after he discovered work was due to begin soon.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive officer Mary Carroll and Livingstone Shire councillor Graham Scott have since come out in support of the works, which they deem "vital" to the island's future.

But Mr Kelly yesterday said he believed there was more to the story, and said shallow areas around the island were particularly noticeable at low tide, and believed a jetty would accommodate large catamarans, fishing and walking.

"I have swum in the holes those propellers make when they move, particularly when you have an incoming tide and they are propelling up the beach," Mr Kelly said. "Those holes are massive, they move tonnes of sand from underneath them from the action of propeller."

In response to Mr Kelly's comments, Capricorn Enterprise chief executive officer Mary Carroll said the Great Keppel Island Revitalisation includes a marina at Putney Beach, however given the time frame for this to start was unknown, it was "critical the construction of a revetment wall occurs as soon as possible". …

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