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Sand carting to resume at West Beach

Immediate works to address erosion at West Beach are continuing with sand carting starting again on Monday.

The sand carting will build on the replenishment carried out earlier this year.

Sand will be trucked from Semaphore South breakwater to West Beach to build up the area’s dunes to address the ongoing erosion.

The sand carting will build on the replenishment carried out earlier this year.

Coastal Protection Board Presiding Member Allan Holmes said sand erosion at West Beach is a long-standing issue and while sand carting will address the problem in the short term, the State Government is investigating long-term solutions.

“Adding sand to the foreshore at West Beach is important because it increases dune volume and increases resilience of the area,” said Mr Holmes said.

“West Beach is already in poor condition – the eroding foreshore has been hit hard by the tide, even though it has been mild weather.

“The continued and staged carting of sand to replenish eroded areas at West Beach is a tactic to protect the area.

“Also, the sand carting will build up the dunes and help to protect the vulnerable foreshore from further erosion during the winter months.”

Danish Hydraulics Institute (DHI) released a report last year that outlined long-term approaches to address erosion at West Beach.

“A long-term approach to manage erosion at West Beach is under consideration, and an important part will include moving larger volumes of sand to the area,” said Mr Holmes.

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