Australia: Works to Protect Surfers Foreshore Begin
Emergency works to protect the Surfers Paradise foreshore commenced today, with the initial placement of 291 geotextile bags on the beach at the end of Cavill Ave.
The bags, each one filled with 2.5 cubic metres of sand, will be positioned in place against the existing infrastructure between View Ave and Trickett Street.
Mayor Tom Tate said the 291 bags represented a total of 1,746 cubic metres of sand and had a life span of 25 years.
“The bags will help to ensure that foreshore structures are protected and, together with the sand nourishment work happening here at the same time, will help to restore one of our city’s greatest assets,” he said.
“This beach nourishment work involves 10,000 cubic metres of sand being moved from The Spit to Surfers Paradise.
“We are continuing to direct resources to the protection of our prime tourism asset and by the end of June, we will have spent close to $1 million on beach maintenance.
“In addition more will be spent in the coming year on replacing infrastructure, such as walkways and viewing platforms that have been destroyed as a result of the recent erosion.”
Works will be carried out as the tide permits, with the project expected to be completed in four weeks, weather permitting.
“Crews will be working as quickly as possible to get the works done with minimal disruption to beach goers, bearing in mind the approaching school holidays,” said Cr Tate.
Press Release, June 14, 2013