Effects of time and tide about to slow down for SS Dicky
  • Thursday 18 June 2015

More than a century of storms and cyclones have wreaked havoc on the SS Dicky but the effects of time and tide will soon slow down. Sunshine Coast Council has today (June 18) endorsed a strategy to manage the wreck in the long term and guide the former cargo steamer’s final resting place.

The strategy includes removing the exposed upper portions of the wreck, ongoing removal of loose wreckage as it becomes more exposed, and keeping the main portion of the wreck buried in situ beneath the beach.

A wreck interpretation display will be developed as part of a park landscape plan for the Dicky Beach foreshore park and the removed pieces not used in the display will be conserved and stored.

The display will include a short film featuring community memories of the SS Dicky as well as a mobile display.

Divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said generations of residents and tourists had watched the SS Dicky’s slow demise as the elements took their toll.

“Now that all excavation tests have been completed, council can start work to preserve sections of the wreck,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Conserving the SS Dicky wreck has not been without its challenges – safety, heritage value and the logistics required to relocate the wreck have each had to be considered.

“But, we’re finally here. We can now move forward and relocate those exposed parts of the wreck as soon as State Government permits are approved.

“Council has allocated $180,000 towards the move and an interpretive display, which will preserve those visible parts of the wreck in a fitting memorial that can be enjoyed by generations to come.

“I also thank the State Government for its contribution of more than $40,000 towards the range of studies which will allow this next stage to be undertaken.

“The funding is very much appreciated by taskforce members.”

The SS Dicky ran aground at the beach that now carries its name in 1893.

A taskforce formed by Sunshine Coast Council, comprising representatives from Dicky Beach Surf Life Saving Club, community heritage representatives, State Government and council, has been working on a long term management strategy for the wreck and unanimously voted in favour of relocating the wreck.

A potential display area for the wreck has been identified in a section of open space close to both the Coastal Path and Dicky Beach car park and discussed with the community.

The interpretive display will be considered in more detail as part of a full Dicky Beach Park area landscape plan to be conducted in the 2015/16 Financial Year.