Council is undertaking a series of dune management projects at patrolled beaches where there are issues with line of sight for surf life savers and Council lifeguards, in accordance with the Dune Management Strategy. These works aim to improve line of sight, improve recreational amenity by reducing the dune scarp, increasing the width of the dry sand, and improving access to the beach for lifesaving and rescue equipment.
Each project involves engaging a consultant to prepare a Detailed Design, Construction Specification and Review of Environmental Factors, including recalculating the coastal hazards from the Coastal Zone Study
(Cardno 2010) on the new post-work dune profile.
Works were completed at Woonona Beach in 2014. This project involved works over an approximately 200m stretch of the dunes and beach in front of the Woonona Surf Life Saving Club and lifeguard tower to remove vegetation seaward of the 1986 fence boundary and regrade the dunes. Higher areas of dune were reduced to improve line of sight and excess sand moved further seaward.
Works were undertaken at Towradgi Beach in 2015. This project involved works over an approximately 230m stretch of the dunes and beach in front of the Towradgi SLSC and lifeguard tower. A 30m strip of vegetation was removed from the seaward side of the dune and the higher elevation areas of dune graded to regain line of sight. Excess sand was moved further seaward.
A dune vegetation site plan has been prepared to guide vegetation management at the site over the next 18 months. The plan includes zones for planting different species and a prioritised list of work activities. The cleared sand area will also be maintained.
Before Towradgi Beach 2015,
|After Towradgi Beach 2016, |
Fairy Meadow Beach
Works were undertaken at Fairy Meadow Beach in 2016. The works were along a stretch of dunes approximately 400m long, located in front of Fairy Meadow Surf Club. The project involved removing a small strip of vegetation on the seaward side of the dune and re-profiling the dune so that the line of sight from the lifeguard/lifesaver observation tower is now improved. This also involved re-profiling the significant scarp that resulted from the June 2016 East Coast Low storm.
Works were undertaken at Corrimal Beach in 2016. The works were along a stretch of dunes approximately 550m long, located in front of Corrimal Surf Club and to the south of Towradgi Creek. The project involved removing a strip of vegetation on the seaward side of the dune and re-profiling the dune so that the line of sight from the lifeguard/lifesaver observation tower is now improved.
Dune vegetation site plans
have been prepared to guide vegetation management at these sites. The plans include zones for planting different species and a prioritised list of work activities. The cleared sand area will also be maintained.
Council has been monitoring dune transects within and adjacent to the project sites as part of its Beach and Dune Monitoring Program
. These profiles will continue to be regularly monitored to determine the longevity of the project. This information will help inform future beach and dune management works.