Gold Coast: Palm Beach Gets New Sand

In a Gold Coast tradition spanning 26 years, 35,000 cubic meters of sand is being dredged from Currumbin Creek to renourish southern Palm Beach.

Last month, in the first stage of the beach nourishment program, 30,000 cubic meters of sand was dredged from Tallebudgera Creek and placed onto Burleigh Beach.

Mayor Tom Tate inspected the dredging project to take a first-hand look at the progress of the Currumbin Creek works.

“Our $945,000 dredging campaign is an integral part of our efforts to maintain and replenish sand on our beaches ready for summer,” said Cr Tate.

“In phase one, some 1000m³ cubic meters of sand was pumped daily around the Burleigh headland and along southern Burleigh Beach, where natural processes help spread it north.”

Cr Tate said that sand replenishment and seawalls were key actions of the City’s $22 million total investment in the beaches this year.

“We have recently completed constructing seawalls at Kurrawa and Narrowneck,” he said.

“This will be followed by major beach nourishment works in 2017, which will provide offshore dredging of clean marine sand that will be used to nourish vulnerable sections of the coastline to significantly increase beach profiles at Palm Beach and the northern beaches, from Miami to Main Beach.” 

Dredging at Tallebudgera Creek was completed last month, while the Currumbin Creek works are scheduled to finish by December.

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