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Bribie Island breach widens but authorities say no adverse impact likely

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There is unlikely to be any adverse impact to the Golden Beach community as a result of Bribie Island’s tidal breakthrough.

That’s the assessment from the Department of Environment and Science, who sent out a scientist to conduct a site analysis on Tuesday.

A potent combination of king tides and a storm surge caused by ex-tropical cyclone Seth blasted a path through to the Pumicestone Passage near Golden Beach on Sunday.

The northern tip of the island effectively cut in two as water poured through ripping out trees and vegetation.

While conditions have eased, water continues to surge through as the breach widens from about 50m on Monday to about 200m today.

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Many locals fear if the breach opens up completely, many of the beaches at Caloundra will silt up.

The latest breach comes a little more than a year after a similar event in December 2020.

A spokesperson for the department says it will continue to monitor the breakthrough, and boaties and people on Bribie Island are advised to avoid the area due to instability caused by the current weather event.

“The northern section has eroded and broken through due to unusually high tides and large waves associated with the weather system currently affecting Queensland’s east coast,” the spokesperson says.

“This section of Bribie Island is currently closed to vehicle traffic. It is unlikely that there will be any adverse impact to the community at Golden Beach.”

 

Images: Zane Jones