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Beach replenishment works on track for Easter completion

The beach replenishment works which involve moving sand from Semaphore to West Beach is set to be completed by Easter.

Beach replenishment works on track for Easter completion
Drone image of sand collected from between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties being moved under the jetty by a conveyor belt system.

The project is part of the State Government’s Securing the Future of our Coastline initiative, a long-term solution to restore and maintain sand at West Beach and Henley Beach South.

As sand along Adelaide’s coast naturally moves northward through wind and wave action, it causes sand to build-up on northern beaches such as Semaphore and erodes southern and central beaches such as West Beach and Henley Beach South.

The present works started on 10 March and are due to be completed before the Easter holidays

Sand collected from between the jetties is being moved along the beach to Point Malcolm by truck and a new mobile conveyor belt system under Semaphore jetty. This is minimising disturbance and increasing efficiency. The sand will then be moved by road to West Beach. Work will happen between 7am and 5pm.

The work is being carried out in autumn to avoid the busy summer months, prepare our beaches for winter storms and to coincide with suitable tides which are presently providing a wider beach area from which to collect sand.

For more information visit the Department for Environment and Water website.