Sunday 20th Oct, 2019

Sand trucked to SA beaches to fight erosion

Sand is being carted to South Australian beaches to combat erosion, as part of the State Government’s $48.4 million plan.

Sand is being carted to South Australian beaches to combat erosion, as part of the State Government’s $48.4 million plan.

The sand carting began in April and will continue into spring to build up the dunes at the West Beach and Henley Beach South, trucked from Semaphore.

SA Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the State Government is investing $48.4 million to secure the future of some of Adelaide’s metropolitan beaches.

“This consists of $20 million for additional sand and $28.4 million for the completion of a sand recycling pipeline from Semaphore to West Beach, as well as sand dune restoration and revegetation in partnership with local councils and coastal community groups,” he said.

“Sand carting will address the problem in the short term until the recently announced 500,000 cubic metres of new sand is sourced, and the Semaphore to West Beach sand recycling pipeline is built over the next four years to replenish the area for the long term.

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“Adding sand to the foreshore at West Beach is important because it increases dune volume and the resilience of the area with benefits to other beaches, as sand naturally drifts northward.”

Local Member for Colton Matt Cowdrey said the local community had welcomed the South Australian Government’s short- and long-term plans to preserve metropolitan beaches.

“These beaches are so important to, not only the local communities in that area, but South Australia more broadly as thousands of locals and tourists flock to our beaches during the summer months,” Cowdrey said.