Australia: Torquay Beaches to Receive New Sand
The Fraser Coast Regional Council is racing the clock to shore up the foreshore ahead of predicted 4.2 metre King Tides at the end of the month.
“Given the extent of the erosion at Torquay there is insufficient sand and beach to enable an adequate sand push to reprofile the beach,” Deputy Mayor George Seymour said.
“To complete the project, about 3,000 cubic metres of sand will be taken from the Tooan Tooan Creek mouth.
“The estimated cost for these temporary emergency works is up to $160,000.
“The race is on to complete the works, given the predicted 4.2 metre King Tides at the end of January. We are also constrained by the tides so only have limited hours to work per day.
“This is a temporary solution, whilst further investigations are taken on more permanent protection options.”
“Based on our recent experience with the Toogoom rockwall which cost $5,000 per linear meter, it is estimated that permanent protection works for the priority areas along the foreshore may cost more than $7 million.”
Press Release, January 14, 2014