3) How do you think Council can ensure our beaches are protected from storm surge and erosion?

by Community Engagement Officer 1, about 3 years ago
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
Proposed actions to deliver this include:
  • Prioritise and implement recommendations from the Gold Coast Shoreline Management Plan for beach protection.
  • Partner with relevant Federal and State Government agencies to ensure dredging programs contribute to improving the ability of Gold Coast beaches to withstand storm surge and beach erosion.
  • Ensure that ocean beach considerations are adequately reflected in the Council Planning Scheme.
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  • burleigh17 over 7 years ago
    The sand that is washed from the sand dunes goes slightly offshore to create a flat ocean floor
    The residents of LENNOX HEAD built a tee tree wall to retain the sand twenty eight years ago and this wall is still there today
    under the sand. The wall they built was naturally covered by sand in twelve months..
    These days you never hear of erosion on LENNOX HEADS BEACH
    I suggest we look at the engineers plan and trial it between Burleigh and North Burleigh Headlands.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lennoxheritage/sets/72157630245151130/
    MOB 0419771236
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  • bindisi over 7 years ago
    Pump sand back south rather than to the north of the seaway

    Complete the rock walls and make sure they are continuous
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  • whitelight over 7 years ago
    Hi there All; The Gold Coast beach that we are all proud of its natural beauty and to protest we must flirt with mother nature. The northern movement of sand means that what ever we do requires pumping sand from the spit (and seaway) back into the center of Surfers Paradise .
    Point 1 A pipe running the length of the beach at the base of the dune would be a great foundation to stabilising the dunes from the cyclones as experienced in the past few years.

    Point 2 Un sure but surely there is something we can use from the defunked desel unit ,pumps ,valves or pipes

    Point 3 There is little recognition for the surf breaks on the Gold Coast . Create and maintain a surf breaks that would draw surfers and world exposure . (as per what has happened at TOS ( South Straddie ) ) Be one of the first cities in the world to protect a surf break to our natural heritage.

    Point 3 In the past few years the barge has dropped sand in Surfers and ABSOLUTELY broken the natual movement of sand up the northern beaches ASK A SURFER

    Best wishes to all as this is our responsibility to get it right.
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    • Exec Coord Assets and Planning over 7 years ago
      Thank you Whitelight for your response.

      The erosion of dunes is a natural part of healthy beaches. Sand that is eroded from the dunes moves to the nearshore seafloor to form storm bars that provide protection from further damage to the coast. Here is a short video about the onshore-offshore movement of sand along Gold Coast beaches.
      http://www.fotomedia.com.au/portfolio/item/onshore-offshore-drift-our-coast/

      The Gold Coast Shoreline Management Plan (GCSMP) contains information about a range of methods of ensuring healthy sandy beaches. A pipe is a method that has been utilised at various locations including our seaway, Noosa and Durban for sand nourishment.

      Here is an old paper with some details about the Durban Beach Restoration Scheme
      http://journals.tdl.org/icce/index.php/icce/article/viewFile/4674/4355

      Here is a website about the Noosa Beach Erosion and sand recycling
      http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=noosa-beach-sand-recycling

      Here is an information sheet about sand pumping at the Gold Coast Seaway
      http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/322803/Gold-Coast-Seaway.pdf

      You may read an executive summary of our GCSMP at this website.
      http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/gc-shoreline-management-plan.pdf

      You may read Council's policy for the management of Coastal Dune Areas at
      http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/dunes

      Backpassing sand from the Gold Coast Seaway to the beaches to the south is one of the ideas researched by the GCSMP. A project is currently underway to move sand from a stockpile near the Seaway to Surfers Paradise. A goal for the project is to move sand in a manner that is both cost effective and minimises negative impacts on the community and environment. You may read more about the Interim Surfers Paradise Beach Nourishment Project at
      http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/interim-surfers-paradise-beach-nourishment-project--15315.html

      Sand Dunes and the Desalination plant are considered preparation for periods of more extreme weather. It can be important to remember the possibility of more extreme weather, during the calmer periods of years inbetween.

      The development of a Surf Management Plan for Gold Coast beaches is key action 1.5 from the draft Ocean Beaches strategy. If this action is supported, then the Surf Management Plan will recognise the importance of surfing to the City's lifestyle and economy. The Surf Management Plan will be developed in consultation with the community, businesses and key interest groups. It will identify and prioritise surfing reasearch, prioritise actions to improve surf etiquette and surf tourism, celebrate our surf economy and facilitate growth in surf related information, education, recreation, management and investment.

      You may read a report (item 4 starting on page 30) from the Council Committee who considered adding a Surf Management Plan as an action for the draft Ocean Beaches Strategy at
      http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/ma/engineering-20130214-adopted_report(1).pdf

      Examples of the emerging capability for coastal information systems that are attracting some attention from surfers on the Gold Coast are avilable online at
      http://gccc.coastalcoms.com/
      and
      http://www.coastalwatch.com

      The nourishment of beaches through Surfers Paradise has been underway for many decades corresponding with various periods of good and less good surf. The Surf Management Plan will seek new ways of engaging with surfers to inform shoreline management projects.