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At West Beach (the section of coastline running north from the West Beach boat harbor at West Beach Parks to the Torrens Outlet), the loss of sand is significant, and new research has shown that it is greater than previously estimated.

The state government is investigating new ways to address this issue as a priority so that we can maintain the health, resilience and appeal of this important part of our coastline.

A detailed report undertaken by external consultants Danish Hydraulics Institute (DHI) on behalf of the Department for Environment and Water, the Coast Protection Board, the City of Charles Sturt and West Beach Parks sets out new options for managing the beach and dune erosion at West Beach.

The government is now determining the best long term management approach for West Beach that will best meet the community’s needs when environmental, recreational, practical and financial considerations are taken into account. 

As an immediate measure, the state government will invest $1 million per annum over the next two years into replenishing the West Beach Parks dunes with sand from the Semaphore South breakwater. This will be done as part of the annual beach replenishment program starting in mid-October 2018, and is being delivered through the State Government’s $5.2 million New Life for our Coastal Environment commitment.

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