Adelaide beach works

West Beach replenishment – urgent works

Works: Restoration of eroded dunes at West Beach (Rockingham Street dunes) with sand from the Torrens Outlet.
When: 27-29 January 2021 
Contact:DEWCoasts@sa.gov.auor phone 8124 4928

Urgent works will be undertaken from Wednesday 27 January to Friday 29 January 2021 to replenish the dune near Rockingham Street, West Beach with sand from the Torrens Outlet.

The dunes at this location are vulnerable and subject to ongoing erosion. Periodic replenishment of the dune with sand from the Torrens Outlet is required to protect the road and infrastructure from damage.

Urgent works were undertaken between May and August 2020 to replenish this area following storms and bad weather.. 

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.

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.au or phone 8124 4928

The department continued its beach replenishment program for West Beach with sand moved from Semaphore in spring 2020. 

Sand was collected from between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties to replenish the eroding West Beach. Works started on Monday 12 October and were completed by Monday 2 November 2020. View the project update

  • Sand was moved to the eroded dunes near Rockingham Street, West Beach (14 - 22 October). 
  • Sand was moved to West Beach Parks dunes (from 22 October - 2 November)  
  • Sand was originally planned to be moved to Henley Beach South, but the operation was changed to avoid endangered hooded plovers nesting near the Torrens Outlet.

Sand will be moved again in autumn 2021. No decision has yet been made about how much sand will be moved, from where or when. This will be informed by beach surveys to be undertaken in January 2021. 

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

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Glenelg North beach replenishment (recently completed)

Works: Sand movement works from West Beach harbour bridge to Glenelg North
Duration: 3 - 18 November 2020
Contact: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.auor 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 (recently completed)

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.

The 2020 sand pumping operation finished on 5 November 2020.

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.

Semaphore South dune restoration (completed)

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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 August 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.

The dune restoration works started in late April and were completed in August 2020. 

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