Cyclone Causes Damage to Coromandel Coast

Thames-Coromandel District Council staff and contractors on Monday and Tuesday quickly carried out repair work to the coastline around Mercury Bay, caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

The four areas that were affected were Cooks Beach, Buffalo Beach, Brophy’s Beach and Whangapoua.

Council put in some geofabric, rock and sand push-up as a temporary repair,” said Area Manager Len Whittaker.

There are plans to extend the existing seawall by about 100 meters but those plans are still going through the consenting process, added Whittaker.

Work on a geotextile seawall to replace the existing rock seawall at Brophy’s Beach is expected to start late April/May.

A footing will be excavated and geotextile bags will be laid on top of each other to form a wall. Sand will then be pushed over the bags and eventually planted with native species that will help keep the sand in place and help resist erosion.

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