THE present ad hoc method of dealing with coastal erosion hotspots such as Old Bar will come under the spotlight with a 12 month extension of tenure approved for the Australian Coasts and Climate Change Council.
The erosion of Old Bar beachfront properties and others similarly affected along the east coast will be highlighted as the climate change council enters a new year with a new chairman, Professor Bruce Thom AM.
It’s a major breakthrough for the embattled Old Bar property owners, who had the opportunity only a fortnight ago to show Professor Thom first-hand the problems they are facing from climate change and the encroaching ocean.
Professor Thom was one of two renowned scientific experts who attended a major fundraising weekend in Old Bar late last month, during which he also watched the placement of testing equipment in the surf off Old Bar Beach, to accurately record scientific wave action data and determine whether an offshore reef would provide erosion protection.
“Professor Thom’s message was that Old Bar will be one of the beaches his council intends to study,” Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group chairperson Elaine Pearce said this week.
“He encouraged us to continue with our study of what is happening at Old Bar, saying he can’t understand why erosion has changed the face of Old Bar so dramatically in the last 10 years.”