City prepared for large swells as conditions worsen

18 February 2019
The Gold Coast is well prepared for large swells expected to impact our beaches later this week.
“The sand dredging and pumping we have done over the past two years has added millions of cubic metres of sand to our beaches,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“The dredge alone placed three millions cubic metres along the beaches.
“I am confident we are in good shape ready for the large swells. We have a stockpile of sand at The Spit which we can access if needed. This has been placed there over the years specific to helping with significant scarping but I am confident we won’t need to access that reserve.’’
Mayor Tate said two major beach/seawall restoration works underway – at Narrowneck and Surfers Paradise – were also under control.
“We will place some sand at the ocean side of these to keep the swells away. The construction sites are being prepared now to combat any swell. There is no concern regarding the integrity of the seawall.’’
Key facts:
Heavy plant and beach maintenance crews are on standby at our depots
The swell is not expected to peak until Thursday or Friday
Our beaches are in great condition thanks to our beach nourishment program
The sand dredging from two years ago – and the sand pumping from this summer – has added millions of cubic metres to our beaches
Sand dredging added three million cubic metres alone
There is a stockpile of sand at The Spit
Minor erosion will be dealt with on a daily basis
Safety is our No 1 priority and we are undertaking planning now to ensure that there will be minimal impact
Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.