Adelaide beach works


Glenelg North beach replenishment 

Works: Sand movement works from West Beach harbour bridge to Glenelg North
Duration: Commencing in week of 18 May 2020 for up to 3 weeks
Contact: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928

Works to replenish the beach at Glenelg North commenced in the week beginning 18 May 2020.

Sand is being collected from the area just south of the West Beach harbour bridge and moved by trucks along the beach to the foreshore north of King Street, Glenelg North.

The removal of sand will help prevent excess sand moving around the harbour breakwater and into the harbour where it would otherwise need to be removed with a dredge. When placed, the sand will help to raise the beach level along the narrower stretch of Glenelg North beach.

The works are expected to take up to three weeks with the main operating hours being between 7.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (subject to weather conditions).  

Semaphore South dune restoration

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Works: Restoration of eroded dunes at Semaphore South with sand from north of the Largs Bay jetty.
Duration: Late April to July 2020
Contact: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928

The Department for Environment and Water has been working closely with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and community representatives on a project to rebuild eroded dunes at Semaphore South and stabilise the area with vegetation. 

A severe storm in 2016 impacted the area, between approximately Hart and Arthur Street, resulting in the loss of the dune and its vegetation.

  • Stage 1 of the project has involved moving sand from Largs Bay to rebuild the sand dunes at Semaphore South. This was completed on Friday 29 May 2020. This has ensured that a buffer to protect the foreshore and community assets is in place before winter when storms are more likely.
  • The dunes are being shaped to match the dunes in the adjacent areas, and drift net fencing and revegetation will help stabilise the dunes. These techniques have been used with great success to re-establish dunes on Adelaide’s southern beaches, such as at Seacliff and South Brighton. 

Works are expected to be completed by July 2020. 

As part of the restoration works the City of Port Adelaide Enfield has installed a new fence and is reinstating the turf and irrigation to its former state.

 Sand movement from Semaphore to West Beach and Henley Beach South

Works: Sand movement from the Semaphore South breakwater and the beach between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties to West Beach and Henley Beach South
Duration: Periodically 2-3 times per year (autumn and spring) in 2020 and 2021.
Contact: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928

The department is continuing its beach replenishment program for West Beach, with sand moved from two locations at Semaphore this autumn. 

  • From Monday 10 March to Tuesday 17 March 2020, sand was moved from the Semaphore South breakwater to the beach near Rockingham Street, West Beach.
  • From Wednesday 18 March to Tuesday 31 March 2020, sand was moved from between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties to replenish the West Beach Park dunes.

The department regularly meets with community representatives and council to help guide the Semaphore sand movement works.

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Sand pumping from Glenelg to Kingston Park

Works: Annual sand recycling with sand being pumped to replenish beaches from Glenelg to Kingston Park.
Duration: Annually every June to November
Contact: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928 

West Beach replenishment – urgent works (recently completed)

Works:Restoration of eroded dunes at West Beach (Rockingham Street dunes) with sand from the Torrens Outlet.
Duration:4 – 12 May 2020
Contact: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.auor phone 8124 4928

The Department for Environment and Water undertook urgent works from Monday 4 May 2020 to Tuesday 12 May 2020 to replenish the beach near Rockingham Street, West Beach.

Sand was moved from Semaphore in March 2020 to replenish this section of beach, however the dunes at this location are vulnerable and prone to erosion. The recent storms and bad weather has caused further erosion.

Moving sand from the River Torrens outlet to the Rockingham dunes is the quickest way to repair the dunes prior to the next weather event.

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