Natalie Noble has penned and performed a song to help support the Don't Rock The Maroochy campaign.
Natalie Noble has penned and performed a song to help support the Don't Rock The Maroochy campaign. Patrick Woods

Local vet pens song to save Cotton Tree sandbags

A LIFELONG Coast resident has penned a song to help the community campaign to preserve the sandbag groynes of the Maroochy River mouth.

Veterinarian Natalie Noble, 30, put together the song Don't Rock the Maroochy after being prompted by her dad to write a tune.

The nature lover and her family have camped at Cotton Tree each year since she was young.

She said it'd taken a few weeks since her dad's suggestion, but she eventually found the words, penned the song and picked up the ukulele to record the tune.

Ms Noble hoped it would become a theme song of sorts for the strong community campaign against the possible replacement of the sandbag groynes with rock groynes.

"I have a pretty close affinity with that area," Ms Noble said.

"It really is a beautiful, beautiful spot.

"Putting the rocks there, it's not going to be the same. I think it's going to ruin it."

 

She recalled how unique the area was, with the river mouth at Cotton Tree changing every year, from being able to surf on the inside of the river mouth to king tides sending waves against the sandbags as kids played among the foam.

She said the sandbags allowed it to remain more natural than rocks.

"It's pretty magical how it can change and every year it could be different," Ms Noble said.

One year she said she surfed right into the sandbags, and came off with only a carpet burn-like graze.

If it had been rock groynes like at Point Cartwright on the Mooloolah River mouth the outcome could've been much worse.

The Sunshine Coast Council has been exploring future management options of the Maroochy River mouth, with a consultation group established to provide a report back to the council.

The issue will come before the council in March next year.

Don't Rock The Maroochy spokesman Stuart Dell said their presentation to the consultation group had gone well, and they were hopeful of getting enough support from local councillors to respect the community's wishes.

Mr Dell said the group would be opening a stall at the Cotton Tree Markets over Christmas and the new year to keep momentum going for the campaign and build on the widespread support.


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