MAYOR Tom Tate said he is pleased with the progress being made to repair our beaches from storm damage but admits there is still work to be done.
Cr Tate said the new figures from the Ocean Beaches Strategy mid-life review has shown the hard work has paid off and the City’s investment in beaches was money well spent.
“Our Ocean Beaches Strategy is now past halfway and haven’t we come a long way,” the Mayor said.
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“Gold Coast beaches suffered from significant erosion after a series of intense storms between 2009 and 2013,” he said.
“We now have sufficient sand on our beaches to ensure their resilience against future coastal hazards, we have 80 per cent of seawalls built and certified and our community are very happy with our beaches.
“There is still work to be done and challenges ahead such as population increase and climate change, however I’m confident we will be able to manage these factors as they arise,” said Mayor Tate.
Achievements from the Ocean Beaches Strategy include:
– An additional five kilometres of Oceanway has been constructed
– The $18.2 million Palm Beach Artificial Reef is nearing completion
– Gold Coast Beach Nourishment project delivered 3,026,758m³ of sand to the City’s beaches to increase protection against erosion and major storm events by widening the beach and dunes at key locations across the city
– 9 locations for beach accessibility equipment
– 15 tonnes of rubbish removed off our beaches each year
– 9000 metres of public seawalls have been constructed or certified since 2013
– More than 7000 tonnes of specialist rocks used to extend Kirra Point groyne to 180m
– 60,000 cubic metres of sand moved from Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks to Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach as part of annual dredging program
– Narrowneck reef renewal