Douglas Shire starts work to repair ‘significant’ erosion on highway beach

Image: Douglas Shire Council

Posted on January 13, 2022

A stretch of coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas is undergoing rehabilitation works this week to improve ‘significant’ erosion of the beach.

Dune fencing and native vegetation is being established today at Borderline Beach along the Captain Cook Highway, south of Wangetti.

Motorists can expect to encounter traffic control crews in the area until Friday, while the public has restricted access to the beach during work hours.

Douglas Shire Council’s Reef Assist Project Officer Melissa Mitchell said the work hopes to prevent further environmental damage from occurring.

“Many people who travel the Great Barrier Reef Drive will know Borderline Beach which has become a popular spot to stop and take in the scenery,” she said.

“Workers will install about 100 metres of dune fencing at two separate sites, including a new pedestrian access track.

“Revegetation works will occur at the same time to help stabilise the foreshore and restore important wildlife habitat.”


The Douglas Shire Council has contracted local business Papillon Landscapes to carry out the project, which is also supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Borderline Beach works is one of the last projects of the Queensland Government’s $10 million Reef Assist Program.

Further south, Holloway’s Beach has also deteriorated from erosion, with rehabilitation efforts spanning several years.


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