Beaches boosted again for summer

11 October 2016

In a Gold Coast tradition spanning 26 years, 35,000 cubic metres of sand is being dredged from Currumbin Creek to re-nourish southern Palm Beach.

Last month, in the first stage of the beach nourishment program, 30,000 cubic metres of sand was dredged from Tallebudgera Creek and onto Burleigh Beach.

Mayor Tom Tate inspected the dredge to take a first-hand look at the progress of the Currumbin Creek works. 

“Our $945,000 dredging campaign is an integral part of our efforts to maintain and replenish sand on our beaches ready for summer,” said Cr Tate.

“In phase one, some 1000m3 cubic metres of sand was pumped daily around the Burleigh headland and along southern Burleigh Beach, where natural processes help spread it north.”

Cr Tate said sand replenishment and seawalls were key actions of the City’s $22 million total investment in our beaches this year.

“We have recently completed constructing seawalls at Kurrawa and Narrowneck,” he said. 

“This will be followed by major beach nourishment works in 2017, which will provide offshore dredging of clean marine sand that will be used to nourish vulnerable sections of the coastline to significantly increase beach profiles at Palm Beach and the northern beaches, from Miami to Main Beach.” 

Dredging at Tallebudgera Creek was completed last month, while the Currumbin Creek works are scheduled to finish by December.

The dredging campaign is part of the Ocean Beaches Strategy 2013-2023, ensuring our beaches are clean, healthy, safe and accessible now and into the future.

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