Work ramps up to protect Gold Coast beaches

Construction of an artificial reef at Palm Beach has now hit the halfway mark and is on track be be finished ahead of schedule.

The $18.3 million dollar reef is being built about 270 metres offshore from Nineteenth Avenue between the beach and the existing natural reef.

Once finished the reef will be about 160 metres long and 80 metres wide.


Large rock boulders continue to be put in place which are designed to influence currents in a bid to protect the beach.

Mayor Tom Tate says the reef will be complete by the end of October.

“I can say to Palm Beach residents that when this is completed it will make your place a lot safer,” Mayor Tate said.

“This project is a world first project for an offshore solution to protect properties on the beach and I would say, learning from this, they’ll be able to utilise it on the rest of the coast of Australia and throughout the world.”

Work is also well underway on a new seawall at Kurrawa Park.

The 175-metre section is expected to be complete by September.

A new seawall at Narrowneck is almost finished and should be done by the end of this month.

Mayor Tate says it’s part of their ongoing commitment to protecting our beaches.

“Our beaches are an important asset that contributes to both our economy and lifestyle.

“We’ve invested more than $30 million into a range of beach measures over 2018/19 to ensure our beaches are protected against coastal hazards and here for future generations to come.”

Work will begin next week to start dredging Tallebudgera Creek with around 1000 cubic metres of sand to be pumped out on the southern end of Burleigh Beach daily.

That should be completed by the September school holidays before crews move onto Currumbin Creek.

WATCH: An aerial view of Council’s beach protection works at Palm Beach and Kurrawa Park – (Video: City of Gold Coast)