Finding long-term solution for Adelaide’s beaches

In April 2022 the South Australian Government announced that the planned construction of a sand recycling pipeline between West Beach and Semaphore South would be halted.

Instead, a comprehensive review of all available coastal (sand) management options is being undertaken to ensure a long-term solution is found which puts community and the environment at the core.

The 12-month review commenced in early 2023, following the appointment of community engagement specialists URPS and coastal engineering specialists Bluecoast Consulting Engineers in late 2022.

The appointment of SA-based URPS allows for a bespoke community engagement process to be undertaken to ensure extensive consultation and engagement is undertaken with a broad range of stakeholder and community members.

Through this process, URPS will document the Adelaide community’s views on sand management options and on the impact of the current sand management approaches including trucking and pipelines.

The NSW-based firm Bluecoast Consulting Engineers were appointed following a select tender process undertaken by DEW targeting local, interstate and overseas experts in coastal management.

A review of the tender submissions was undertaken by the Independent Advisory Panel, and after careful consideration the Panel recommended that Bluecoast be appointed. The Attorney-General subsequently agreed with the recommendation and Bluecoast was engaged to undertake the scientific review.

For further information please visit: Adelaide-beach-management-review website.

Photo: Government of South Australia