IMAGINE filling Metricon Stadium with sand, to the top of the goal posts?
That’s roughly the volume of sand – some 113,000m3 – that will be used to top up Surfers Paradise beach this week, in a huge boost for the city’s coastal defences.
The massive mountain of sand has been excavated from the Jewel development site, where work is now underway on a $1 billion development featuring a five-star hotel and residential apartments.
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Mayor Tom Tate said the arrangement with developer the Wanda Ridong Group for the sand is a major win for Gold Coast residents and visitors.
“This is the largest volume of sand ever received from a development site on the Gold Coast, and the biggest sand deposit placed on Surfers Paradise beach so far this century. As a result, it’s also a major cost saving for ratepayers in the fight against beach erosion,” he said.
“This amount of sand will make a huge difference when this stretch of coastline faces the challenges of nature, and will help to maximise the efforts of our City staff and community groups who work year-round to maintain and protect our beaches.”
Wanda Ridong Group Gold Coast Development Director of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Bampton, said he was thrilled to get involved in helping to protect the city’s coastline.
“The foundations for Jewel’s three towers will plunge tens of metres below the surface which has required significant excavation, so we wanted to be able to do something positive with this incredible resource. The intense cleansing process, and subsequent relocation, provides a major benefit for the coastline,” he said.
The excavated sand has been sieved and deposited along the beach directly east of the development site, in an area which has experienced past erosion.
Due to the natural northerly movement of sand along the coast, beaches and adjacent properties north of the site will also benefit from added protection.
To find out more about the Gold Coast’s Ocean Beaches Strategy, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/coast