Beachgoers check out the broken steps at the northern end of the Coolum boardwalk. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1533a
Beachgoers check out the broken steps at the northern end of the Coolum boardwalk. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1533a

Weather warning a fizzer

There were warnings and tough talk from the police, emergency service agencies, the weather bureau and the council last Saturday.

A tidal surge was coming, combined with strong winds, a high tide and a low pressure system.

Some Coast caravan parks were evacuated, some restaurants were forced to close on the busiest night of the week.

Everyone battened down, expecting the worst, but like the false alarm earlier in the week when Coast schools were evacuated by authorities fearing dangerous flooding, the emergency was over before it began.

The council and emergency services have been criticised for their action but Mayor Bob Abbot made no apologies this week, saying the situation could have been a lot worse had the low pressure system not “turned right” at the last minute.

“We didn’t lose any lives – that’s the most important thing – at the time when the decision was made it had my 100% support,” he said.

But there was damage to beaches, with tonnes of sand lost, and trees and fences falling into the sea.

At Dicky Beach, the lifeguard tower had to be moved because it was in danger of toppling down the eight-metre drop to the beach below.

Noosa, once again, lost its beach to Mother Nature, while beach stairs at the northern end of the Coolum boardwalk were smashed from their supports.

Coast beaches have been closed to swimmers, but Mt Coolum blokart rider Keith Wines was delighted to find he had the beach near Stumers Creek to himself on Sunday.

The ever changing inlet had provided a large, flat area of hard sand where he could ride like the wind to his heart’s content, with hardly a soul in sight.


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