Quad bikes damage Alva’s sand dunes and fences

Quad bike riders are being warned to stay off the sand dunes at Alva Beach.

Burdekin Shire Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said fences had been broken and fragile dune vegetation had been destroyed.

“This is not a new issue and it costs our ratepayers every time we have to fix a fence,” he said.

“Quad bikes are also doing a lot of damage to the fragile ecosystem of dunes.

“Tracks made by the quad bikes allow the wind to significantly change and modify the dune systems leading to erosion and migration of the dunes across infrastructure such as fences and roads.

“The dunes also play at part in protecting the township during cyclones, storms and high tides.”

Mr Mulcahy said Council had often repaired damaged fencing which had been cut, removed or lifted to allow bikes to go underneath.

“We don’t want to stop people from using the beach, but this sort of damage has to stop,” he said.

“Recently a wooden fence at the northern end of the township has been broken, apparently to gain access to the salt flats.

“It’s our ratepayers that end up paying for the continual repairs to fences, so if people see anyone damaging fences, please contact Council.”


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