Community engagement

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How we’re engaging with the community

We know how much people love Adelaide’s beaches. It’s a place to go to relax and unwind, connect with friends and family or enjoy a dip in the water and many other activities.

There will be some impact for residents and beach goers as works are undertaken as part of the state government’s Securing the future of our coastline project. 

We want to ensure that those who enjoy coastal activities and who live and work along Adelaide’s metropolitan coast are kept informed during all phases of the Securing the future of our coastline project.

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How can I stay informed?

  • The Coast eNews is a great way to stay informed on interim beach management works and other coastal projects. Sign up to receive updates and encourage others to subscribe as well.
  • Be proactive and keep your networks informed. Ask us to provide your group with content and photos or other graphics suitable to update your community Facebook page.
  • Follow Environment SA News on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

Events and tours

Upcoming events 

Please note the dates have changed for the Semaphore and Largs Bay events. We are monitoring public health advice and will hold upcoming events online if restrictions are in place that don’t allow face-to-face meetings. 

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What’s happening on Adelaide’s beaches - upcoming events

The state government manages the metropolitan coastline for the community to enjoy sandy beaches and to protect the foreshore from storms. The state government has committed $48.4 million to secure the future of our coastline. The investment includes:

  • Construction of a sand recycling pipeline from Semaphore to West Beach to move sand from beaches where it builds up to beaches that are eroding.
  • Delivery of a large quantity of sand (up to 500,000 cubic metres) to West Beach from outside of Adelaide’s beach system.
  • Dune stabilisation and restoration using best practice techniques and native plants in partnership with local councils and coastal community groups.

Semaphore to West Beach sand recycling pipeline

A development application is planned to be lodged in late July 2021 to enable the construction of a new sand pumping system from Semaphore to West Beach.

A public notification period is expected to commence in August 2021 (date subject to change). During this time you will be able to make a formal submission through the Plan SA Portal.

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Community information sessions

Please note the dates have changed for the Semaphore and Largs Bay events. We are monitoring public health advice and will hold upcoming events online if restrictions are in place that don’t allow face-to-face meetings. 

The department is holding a number of community information sessions regarding the development application and ongoing beach works.

Hear from the Department for Environment and Water's project manager James Guy about the upcoming development application, what’s happening on Adelaide’s beaches and receive an update on the Securing the future of our coastline project.

Registrations are essential. 

  • West Lakes / Tennyson – Tuesday 10 August 2021, 2:00pm – 3:30pm, West Lakes Club, Register here
  • Grange – Thursday 12 August 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Grange Surf Life Saving Club, Register here
  • West Beach – Tuesday 17 August 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, , Henley Sailing Club, Register here
  • Henley Beach – Thursday 19 August 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Henley Surf Life Saving Club, Register here
  • *new date* Semaphore - Tuesday 24 August 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club, Register here
  • *new date* Largs Bay - Friday 27 August 2021, 10:00am – 11:30am, Largs Bay Sailing Club - Register here 

For more information please contact us.

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Keep a look out for the coast team in your area to learn more about the project and how Adelaide’s beaches are managed. Our team are there to listen and help with any questions you may have about beach works or the Securing the future of our coastline project.  

More dates and locations will be published soon. Dates and times are subject to change.


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Sand recycling pipeline tours

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Register your interest for a tour to see first-hand the Glenelg to Kingston Park sand recycling pipeline in action. Tours will be held again in mid-late 2021. 

This tour is highly recommended if you wish to learn more about how Adelaide’s metropolitan beaches are managed and the operations of a sand recycling pipeline. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

More information: Glenelg to Kingston Park sand recycling system

Community group presentation

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If you belong to a community group, progress association, or a club, you can book a 30 minute group presentation and Q&A with the project team.

For all events enquiries please contact DEWcoasts@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8124 4928. 

All events must be in line with current COVID-19 restrictions.

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Past events

March 2021 - Project Update Sessions

 A series of events were held in March 2021 where project manager James Guy provided an update on what's happening on Adelaide's beaches and progress being made on the Securing the future of our coastline project. 

  • Semaphore/Largs Bay - Monday 22 March 2021
  • Semaphore/Largs Bay - Monday 29 March 2021
  • West Beach - Tuesday 30 March 2021
  • Online event - Wednesday 31 March 2021 - Watch recording 

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Other past events 

Drop-in sessions, Coast Team Info Van

The coast team set up the Info Van at a number of locations to allow for people to drop in and learn more about the project and how Adelaide’s beaches are managed. Our team met with members of the community to listen and help with any questions they may have had about beach works or the Securing the future of our coastline project.  

These drop-in sessions included events at West Beach, Henley Beach, Grange, Tennyson, West Lakes Shore, Semaphore and Largs Bay. 

How else can I get involved?

The department is committed to working in partnership with local councils and coastal community groups on sand dune restoration and revegetation in Stage 2 of the project 2020–21. Further announcements will be made via this website and the Coast e-news, so make sure you subscribe to be kept informed.

Available resources

Securing the future of our coastline brochure is available. Please contact us if you would like a copy to be sent to you.

View the e-book: Managing Adelaide's beaches: Past. present and future Please contact us if you would like a printed copy.  

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Aboriginal Engagement

The project team has commenced engagement with Kaurna via the Department for Environment and Waters First Nations Partnership and Reconciliation Unit to discuss broader engagement and project involvement opportunities.  

How are you engaging with local businesses?

The government liaise with local businesses who may be impacted by beach works. We work to minimise disturbance to the community as much as possible by not operating during school holidays or on weekends.

Contact Us

For enquiries contact the Department for Environment and Water on 8124 4928 or email DEWcoasts@sa.gov.au

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