AU Beachfront unit owner Fred hasn't the millions to save his unit
Property Here - Thursday, July 04, 2013
FRED Gillett has watched nearly 10m crumble away from his Mermaid Beach property since Christmas.
But Mr Gillett is not like other beachfront property owners - he is a pensioner who is not wealthy and does not have the money to protect his building from further damage.
Mr Gillett has written to Mayor Tom Tate, councillors and Premier Campbell Newman stressing his concerns that the beaches are the Government's responsibility.
He has also put up fencing along the property to make sure people do not dangerously climb down to the beach.
"What concerns us is the fact that we seem to have been put in a category of Hedges Ave millionaire mansion owners and the council has placed everyone in that same situation where, if you're wealthy enough to own a property on the beach, you can pay for any rock wall restoration,'' Mr Gillett said.
Mr Gillett and his wife have owned the property for 30 years and are frightened how the ageing building will fare through more erosion.
In his letter to Cr Tate, Mr Gillett pleaded with him to help protect their properties, the beaches and the city's reputation.
Mr Gillett said the Coast was an international tourist attraction which was renowned worldwide for its reputation for great beaches, surf and being a holiday destination for Australian families.
"This reputation is an endangered species unless urgent action is taken to shore up the entire beachfront coastline, including beachfront properties, from say Miami to Main Beach with an upgraded rock seawall,'' Mr Gillett said.
"Queenslanders pulled together in the 2011 floods and I hope we can do the same to rescue our beaches and affected properties and not let petty politics and jealousies interfere in commonsense decision-making.''
Mr Gillett has received only one response to his letters, and that was from a councillor to say he did not live in his division.
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