Adelaide beach works

 

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Sand is a finite resource - it needs to be shared equitably along our coastline so we can all enjoy Adelaide's stunning coastline.

West Beach replenishment

Works: Replenishment of eroded dunes at West Beach (Rockingham Street dunes) with sand from the Torrens Outlet.
When: Periodically as required
Contact: DEWcoasts@sa.gov.auor phone 8124 4928

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Works to replenish the dune near Rockingham Street, West Beach with sand from the Torrens Outlet is undertaken regularly.

The works are a rapid response to address erosion at this vulnerable location where the dunes are subject to ongoing erosion.

The community are asked to please take extra care on the beaches while the works are underway and adhere to all safety signage and flagging in place during operations. The works are subject to change depending on the weather and tides.

More sand will be moved to West Beach from Semaphore commencing in May 2021. 

Sand movement from Semaphore and Largs Bay to West Beach and Henley Beach South

Works: Sand movement from Semaphore and Largs Bay 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.auor phone 8124 4928

The Department for Environment and Water is continuing its beach replenishment program for West Beach with sand being moved from Semaphore.

Sand is normally moved in spring to provide sandy beaches for summer and again in autumn to protect the coast through winter. In response to community feedback in Semaphore as a trial, the department will move sand to West Beach closer to winter. 

  • Commencing in early May 2021, sand will be moved from the Semaphore South breakwater to replenish West Beach.
  • Commencing in June 2021 sand will be moved from between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties to West Beach.

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

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Semaphore South dune replenishment (recently completed)

Works: Replenishment of dunes at Semaphore South with sand from the Semaphore South breakwater
Duration: 25 March - 1 April 2021
Contact: DEWcoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928

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Works to replenish the dunes between Noonies Café and Hart Street, Semaphore South were undertaken in late March 2021.

Sand was collected from the Semaphore South breakwater and moved along the beach northwards to the area between Noonies Café and Hart Street, Semaphore South. 

More than 4000 additional plants will also be planted in the area later in the year. 

Background

A severe storm in 2016 impacted the area, resulting in the loss of the dune and its vegetation. Works to restore eroded dunes at Semaphore South were completed in 2020.

Replenishment of this area is required periodically to keep the dunes topped up. 

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

Quarry sand trials at West Beach

Works: Delivery of small amounts of sand from quarries to West Beach as part of sand sourcing investigations 
Duration: Sand delivered 7-11 December 2020
Contact: DEWcoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928

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Small amounts of sand from South Australian quarries (land based sources) have been placed on the beach in front of the West Beach Parks dunes. 

  • The sand has been placed in front of the West Beach Parks dunes from Hamra Avenue northwards for approximately 200 metres in a single row.
  • This is part of the Department for Environment and Water’s investigations into sourcing sand from outside of the Adelaide beach system through the Securing the future of our coastline project.

Glenelg North beach replenishment 

Works: Sand movement works from West Beach harbour bridge to Glenelg North
Duration: 3 - 18 November 2020
Contact: DEWcoasts@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4928

Works to replenish the beach at Glenelg North was undertaken in November 2020. 

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

The sand will help to raise the beach level along the narrower stretch of Glenelg North beach.

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.

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: alboperations@mcdgroup.com or phone 8232 1882

Sand recycling to replenish beaches from Glenelg to Kingston Park through the underground pipeline system is undertaken annually. Works normally commence in June and run through to November.  McConnell Dowell undertakes this work on behalf of the department.

Sand collection and pumping takes place between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Friday.  During this time, residents and beachgoers are requested to take care during works and adhere to safety signage and flagging that will be in place during operation. 

Works are subject to change depending on the weather and operational requirements.

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