26 September 2023

Sand delivery to protect Adelaide beach

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The condition of Adelaide’s West Beach is to be improved over the next three months with thousands of cubic metres of sand being delivered to protect the beach from erosion.

Coast and Marine Manager at the Department for Environment and Water (DEW), Murray Townsend said that from this month (July) until September, approximately 50,000 cubic metres of sand – the equivalent of about 20 Olympic sized swimming pools – would be delivered to West Beach via the Adelaide Sailing Club.

Dr Townsend said adding large volumes of sand to West Beach would significantly improve its condition.

“The sand not only benefits West Beach, but also other beaches, including Henley Beach South and Henley Beach, as the sand naturally moves north,” Dr Townsend said.

“It is planned for an additional 50,000 cubic metres of sand to be delivered to West Beach in autumn next year,” he said.

“It’s important that local residents are aware of the work to deliver the quarry sand over the coming months.”

Dr Townsend said DEW would also continue to monitor erosion hotspots on the Adelaide coastline including Semaphore South, Semaphore Park and Henley Beach South.

“Strong winds, large seas and significant rainfall especially in the winter months causes some erosion of Adelaide’s beaches which is why sand movement works can be needed in winter to manage those areas,” he said.

He said DEW monitored the beaches closely with the help of local councils to determine where sand would be needed.

“The Department for Environment and Water thanks the community for their patience as we continue to undertake these works,” Dr Townsend said.

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