Quarry sand delivery recommences at West Beach
Delivery of sand from land-based quarries will recommence at West Beach next week to protect the beach from erosion.
Between July and September 2022, approximately 50,000 cubic metres of sand (the equivalent of about 20 Olympic sized swimming pools) will be delivered to West Beach via the Adelaide Sailing Club.
Department for Environment and Water Manager Coast and Marine Murray Townsend said adding large volumes of sand to West Beach will significantly improve the condition of the beach.
“It’s important that local residents are aware of the work to deliver the quarry sand over the coming months,” Dr Townsend said.
“The sand not only benefits West Beach, but also other beaches, including Henley Beach South and Henley Beach, as the sand naturally moves north.
“It is planned for an additional 50,000 cubic metres of sand to be delivered to West Beach in autumn next year.
“The Department for Environment and Water thanks the community for their patience as we continue to undertake these works.”
The department will also continue to monitor erosion hotspots on the Adelaide coastline including Semaphore South, Semaphore Park, and Henley Beach South.
Strong winds, large seas and significant rainfall especially in the winter months causes some erosion of Adelaide’s beaches which is why sand movement works can be needed in winter to manage those areas.
The Department for Environment and Water monitors the beaches closely with the help of local councils and determines where sand will be needed.
The community will be notified of any future beach replenishment activities before they occur.
The State Government is undertaking a review of the management of Adelaide’s beaches to ensure a long-term solution is found which puts community and the environment at the core.
Find out more and stay informed at www.environment.sa.gov.au/coasts