Shoreline Erosion Management Plan

Fraser Coast Regional Council has undertaken the preparation of a Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP) for the Fraser Coast Local Government Area.

The intent of this plan is to assist Council in the response to the current and future coastal erosion processes. This plan encompasses the 112km of shoreline from Burrum Heads in the north, to Tinnanbar in the south, and includes those parts of the shoreline immediately landward (i.e. within 100m) of the mean high water mark.

The SEMP process has been broken into two stages:

  • Stage 1 - Gap Analysis Study - Collation of important datasets, background reports and community values. A Gap Analysis report completed this stage. (see below)
  • Stage 2 - Management Options and Recommendations Study - Coastal processes, risk assessment and an assessment of erosion management options. An Options Assessment report completed this stage (see below).

A final Stage 3 (Management Plan) was proposed during the planning stages of the SEMP, which is now being undertaken on a location by location basis. For example, Council commissioned the preparation of a management plan for the Hervey Bay shoreline between Halcro Street and Dayman Park.

Hervey Bay Shoreline (Halcro Street to Dayman Park) Management Plan – Management Recommendations for the Hervey Bay shoreline between Halcro Street and Dayman Park (see below).

The core objective of the Plan was to identify preferred coastal protection treatments for priority locations of the shoreline between Point Vernon and Urangan to manage erosion of the foreshore. Coastal protection works in the form of rock revetments and concrete seawalls, have since been constructed at the highest priority sections of Hervey Bay Sailing Club, Torquay Caravan Park, Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club and Ron Beaton Park, Torquay.

Planning and design investigations are also underway for Dayman Park, south of Aquarium and Urangan, east of the Pier, as well as Bates Road, Boonooroo. Whilst Boonooroo was not included in the Hervey Bay Shoreline Management Plan, erosion has progressed sufficiently to warrant the construction of a coastal protection structure to preserve residential access in this location.

The Plan also includes indicative priorities for the reconstruction of existing coastal protection works. Council undertakes defect and condition inspections to monitor the condition of these existing structures and estimated timing of reconstructions.  The results of these inspections inform both Council’s maintenance and capital renewal programs.

Gap Analysis report

Shoreline Erosion Management Options Assessment


Hervey Bay Shoreline (Halcro Street to Dayman Park) Management Plan

Contact us

For general enquiries regarding coastal management issues, email or phone 1300 79 49 29.