Construction starts on Maroochydore sand delivery pipeline
  • Friday 12 April 2013

Construction of a permanent sand pipeline along Maroochydore Beach started this week, as Sunshine Coast Council prepares for beach renourishment work to restore erosion and protect from future weather events.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said sand renourishment will widen the beach, allowing the shoreline to respond to persistent natural erosion that threatens transport infrastructure and social and economic assets.

“The pipeline will extend from Cotton Tree to just near the Alexandra Headland skate park, with sand to be distributed from various points between,” Cr O’Pray said.

“The sand will be dredged from the Maroochy River mouth between May and September and there will be rehabilitation and revegetation work on the dunes as needed.

“This much-needed renourishment program will be completed in two stages—125,000m3 of sand will be dredged and placed on the beach in 2013 and 75,000m3 in 2015.

“Maroochydore Beach runs adjacent to many important assets and it’s crucial we protect them, and of course ensure the sand is there for us all to enjoy this beautiful beach.

“Recent weather events have highlighted the need to protect our beaches, and while this sand renourishment will help do that, it’s important to remember seasonal erosion will still occur.”

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said there would be little disruption to people using the beach.

“The pipeline will be 400mm in diameter, with the section near the river mouth buried and screening in place to hide the above-ground sections further south,” Cr Thompson said.

“Only small areas will be fenced off at any one time, and only while heavy machinery is used to distribute the sand.”

A feasibility study has been undertaken by coastal engineering consultants BMT WBM that indicates the project is a feasible interim shoreline erosion protection measure.

Federal, state and local government permits have been acquired for this program.

For further information about the Maroochydore Beach sand renourishment, visit council’s website.