- Monday 09 March 2015
Council is continuing to examine the options around the relocation of the wreck of the SS Dicky at Dicky Beach.
The vessel was driven ashore at Caloundra during poor weather in February 1893. Council has allocated $180,000 towards relocating the remains of the structure, thus preserving the heritage values of the iconic wreck, and improving public safety at Dicky Beach.
“Once completed this work will inform and support the S.S. Dicky Taskforce in determining the relocation method and selection of the preferred interpretive display option and also form the basis of any approval documentation required by the State Government prior to undertaking any works,” Division 2 councillor Tim Dwyer said.
“Thankfully the recent weather event did not visibly degrade the wreck any further while this process was occurring.”
Cr Dwyer said a relocation point for the wreck had been identified and discussed with the community.
“At this time, the wreck is proposed to be located in a section of open space in close proximity to both the Coastal Path and Dicky Beach car park,” he said.
“This location looks suitable as it’s not known as a popular spot for picnics or recreation.
“Because of it breaking up, there is a risk of an accident if the wreck is left where it is; metal shards breaking off could be a risk for swimmers.
“Lifeguards have reported concerns, and there has been community consultation done with local residents and businesses,” Cr Dwyer said.
“We have received good feedback from the community, generally supportive of the relocation.”