Bribie Island - Will the Ocean Breakthrough This Time?

Submitted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 06:59
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Hi All,

Well we have had some wild and woolly weather in SEQ overnight from the low pressure system forming off the coast. On the northside of Brisbane we have received 260mm of rain in the past 36 hours with some strong winds last night. And there is more to come apparently.
I am interested to know how Bribie Island is fairing in all of this – has anyone heard. Over recent weeks there has been talk of an imminent breakthrough of the ocean through narrow sections of the Island. There are 4 potential sites where this can happen:

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This aerial photo was taken in 2007 and some sections are even narrower now. This latest wild weather could be what causes the final breakthrough. Having been to Bribie hundreds of times over the years to me this is an historic event – the shape of the island will change forever (as no doubt will the adjacent mainland areas – full ocean frontage). Has anybody got any updates on Bribie?


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Reply By: stevesub - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 07:45

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 07:45
Our local rag last week said that they expect it to break through by 2020 at the latest unless something was done. One consideration was to sand bag the area.

We went for a walk last year and some areas are so close to breaking through and the northern most area is being scoured out from the Golden Beach side as well as the ocean side.

We are not home now for a while so do not know how much damage is being done by the current storm.

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 15:10

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 15:10
G'day GPM,

No more information and to tell the truth this was news to me. I wonder if they'll then call them Bribie Islands or North, South and Middle Bribie. Will that mean some more bridges or ferries or just make the chopped part boating territory.

Very interesting, it will make the marketing for Bribie real estate a little more interesting.

Kind regards
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Reply By: stevesub - Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 16:05

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 16:05
The area affected is at the very northern tip of the island something like 30km away from the nearest houses on Bribie. All houses are on the very southern end of Bribie where there is virtually no erosion and if there were, there would be no island left. The northern tip is very narrow being only 100m or less across whereas the houses end is 5km across.

parts of the tip are being eroded from 2 sides, the ocean beach but also by the currents in the passage on the other side of the tip. You can see that point as the northern most red dot on the map.

The water broke through during a storm at one point on a very high tide a couple of years ago at one point but nature repaired that break over time.

The real worry is for those on Golden Beach which is sheltered by Bribie but if the tip disappears, then Golden Beach will become a surf beach and do doubt the houses/land there will be in danger of disappearing.

Over the last 6 years we have been on Bribie, my guess is that there has been anything up to 50m+ of beach disappear at the northern end of the island but the Southern end is still unchanged.

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