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Sand Transfer Infrastructure project

Permanent pipelines and pumping stations have been installed along Adelaide’s coast to help manage the sand distribution on the beaches as part of the Sand Transfer Infrastructure project. 

This pipeline system transfers sand from beaches where it builds up to more southern beaches which are actively eroding, replacing the earlier sand transfer method of truck carting along the busiest sections of the coast. Trucks will continue to be used in some sections of the coast such as from Adelaide Shores to North Glenelg and Semaphore South to Henley south.

Most of the infrastructure is behind or under dunes or seawalls, under roadways or deep under the beach. As a result, the pipeline system is quieter and less visible than using sand carting trucks and creates less disruption along the roads, residential streets and beaches, allowing beach users and residents to continue to enjoy their local coastal areas.

Sand pumping is scheduled to occur every year from 2013, usually in spring at Glenelg and in autumn at West Beach, over the next 20 years.

During pumping, temporary infrastructure will be assembled on beaches at West Beach and Glenelg for around two months. This machinery is then removed when the pumping is complete.

Pumping will not occur during the times of peak beach use over summer in order to minimise disruption to residents and beach users.

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