A STRETCH of coastline which has suffered significant erosion will get new dune fencing and revegetation.

Douglas Shire Council has teamed up with local business, Papillon Landscapes, to complete the works near the southern overtaking lane on the Captain Cook Highway.

The works, backed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, will start today at Borderline Beach, south of Wangetti.

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 metre 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 works will be completed from Wednesday 12 January until Friday 14 January.

During this time, traffic control will be set up along the Captain Cook Highway and the public will have restricted access to the beach during work hours.

This is one of the last of many great projects made possible by the Queensland Government’s $10 million Reef Assist Program. The Reef Assist program is delivering priority environmental projects and creating around 130 regional jobs for unemployed and underemployed Queenslanders in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin and Mackay Whitsunday Great Barrier Reef catchment areas.

The Douglas Shire project, which has seen more native vegetation planted at various beaches, is expected to improve resilience to natural disasters and reduce run-off to waters and the Great Barrier Reef.