Sand renourishment work at Maroochydore Beach is on track to be completed before the summer storm season, with sand pumping starting today.
Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said he was pleased work was underway to restore one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular beaches.
“The dredge is here and it’s great to see the sand pumping start – the extra sand will widen the beach, help prevent severe erosion and protect public facilities and infrastructure along Alexandra Parade and Aerodrome Road,” Cr O’Pray said.
“The popular stretch between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland alone is worth around $80 million a year to the Sunshine Coast economy, so it’s important we protect it.
“The required 125,000m3 of sand will be taken from the Maroochy River mouth and redistributed along the beach in time for summer.”
Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said it was important to remember that while sand renourishment would help protect the beach, erosion could still occur if the Sunshine Coast experiences severe weather.
“The beach will still suffer erosion from time to time, particularly during severe weather, but the extra sand will help the beach cope with these events in the interim,” Cr Thompson said.
“Recovery from severe erosion can take many years and sometimes relies on extended periods of relatively calm conditions – this sand renourishment project will help this process and provide extra protection from future storms.”
Council has state and federal permits to dredge in the Maroochy River mouth until 30 September, excluding select days between June and August to allow for fish spawning periods.
For further information about the Maroochydore Beach sand renourishment, visit council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.