Whyalla's annual sand replenishment starts this week

There will be excavators and trucks on the foreshore this week to conduct vital sand works.


The City of Whyalla City will start its annual sand replenishment project tomorrow on the foreshore.

Council, in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Protection Branch, has been conducting an annual sand replenishment project in Whyalla since 2013. Sand replenishment is recognised as world’s best practice as a way of improving the quality of the beach and protecting beach assets.

This year’s project involves the harvesting and placement of 4000sqm of sand and seaweed blend, to be placed along the section of seawall stretching from Roberts Terrace to the Beach Café covering any exposed sandbags that have recently been installed.

The harvested sand and seaweed will be deposited up to 400-500mm below the top of the seawall. The sand blend will be shaped to gently slope down towards the sea up to a distance of approximately 10m from the seawall.

Earthmoving contractors and their associated machinery (dump trucks and excavators) will be operating along the Whyalla Foreshore all this week starting Tuesday, March 13 until Friday, March 16.

Access to the beach is still available but Council asks those going to the beach to be mindful of the works and take note of all signage and directions given by the contractors. Certain sections of the beach will be unavailable at various times.

This safety message includes keeping an eye on your children and pets on the beach to ensure you and your family remain safe and the contractors are unimpeded in this important work.

Any questions regarding these works can be directed Sam Bourne at Council on 8640 3444.


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