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Drop-in and learn about Semaphore beach works

A community information session will be held on Monday, 29 July about the government’s plans to secure Adelaide’s coast, including works between Semaphore and Largs Bay.

The information session will be held on Monday, 29 July between 3:30pm and 5:30pm at the Port Environment Centre for the community to see concept plans and talk with project staff.

The information session is an opportunity for the community to drop-in and learn more about the government’s plans to secure the metropolitan coast, including upcoming works to collect sand between Semaphore and Largs Bay to replenish the eroded West Beach and Henley Beach South coastline.

Department for Environment and Water (DEW) spokesperson, Dr Murray Townsend said sand has regularly been moved from the Semaphore South breakwater, which is designed to trap sand as it naturally moves northward, but we need to rest this supply so it can replenish.

“There are large sand accumulations at Semaphore and Largs Bay beaches which are needed to supplement the Semaphore South breakwater’s sand,” Dr Townsend said.

“But, before the sand carting can start, an existing beach access path needs to be widened along with other minor road works so trucks can access the sand.

“The information session is to keep the community informed about the works to deliver the much needed sand to our eroding beaches.

“We are also working closely with local councils.”

This sand carting is part of the government’s long term strategy to manage the serious erosion at West Beach and Henley Beach South. Sand will be carted by trucks in the short term until the recently announced 500,000 cubic metres of new sand is sourced and a sand recycling pipeline from Semaphore to West Beach is built over the next four years.

The information session will be held on Monday, 29 July and the community are invited to drop-in anytime between 3:30pm and 5:30pm at the Port Environment Centre, 27 North Parade, Port Adelaide to see concept plans and talk with project staff.

The South Australian Government has committed $48.4 million of funding over four years to secure Adelaide’s metropolitan coast.

For more information visit the DEW coasts website.

 

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