Coonarr Beach houseboat was damaged in storm

Coonarr Beach houseboat
A houseboat ran aground on Coonarr Beach in February. Source: Queensland Police

Bundaberg Police say a houseboat which ran aground on Coonarr Beach last month was damaged in a storm.

In a statement issued today, police said officers travelled on sand to investigate.

“Turned out that the houseboat, named Life of Riley, had washed ashore during a storm a while back and the owners had been unable to remove it from the beach,” police said.

Shortly after the incident in mid-February, Bundaberg Regional Council rangers contacted Maritime Safety Queensland who confirmed they were aware of the incident and said it's the owner's responsibility to salvage the vessel.

It's understood Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service were dealing with debris from the houseboat, which was strewn on the beach in the Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park.

Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor said he received a call from a concerned resident, saying there was “lots of debris” on the beach.

“I would have thought a government department would be all over this. They seem pretty laissez-faire,” Cr Trevor said.

“I've never heard of anything like this happening before.”