Gold Coast beach repairs since Cyclone Oma a huge success

The Gold Coast Council has praised officers for their restoration work to our beaches, following the destruction caused by Cyclone Oma.

While the Cyclone never actually made landfall, our shores copped five days of high tides and destructive waves, as the tropical low hung off the coast in late February.

Waves grew to eight metres high along some stretches of coastline.


Mayor Tom Tate says the $150,000 repair program has efficiently fixed key oceanfront locations in time for Easter.

“City crews worked tirelessly to batten down the hatches, build sand buffers at various worksites and prepare for a tough few days.

“At the time, we had key work underway at Narrowneck which was a real concern but given the high volumes of sand we have along our beaches, the large swells did not penetrate.

“It’s a credit to all officers that our beaches are back and ready for the 100,000-plus Easter holiday visitors,” Mayor Tate said.

It’s only been a matter of weeks since the destruction brought by Cyclone Oma, and the works completed already include dune profiling to reduce erosion scarps, repairs to beach access pathways, repairs to dune fencing, and beach cleaning.

Mayor Tom Tate says approximately $6.4 million annually is spent on beach preservation, seawall repairs, pumping, dredging and dune works.

“It’s a small price to pay for our golden asset – the beaches,” he said.

With 52 kilometres of beaches, regularly rated as some of the best in the world, the Mayor is calling on residents to have their say about how beach management works could be done better.

“They are your beaches but we need to know what facilities you want, and where,” Mayor Tate said.

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