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Council consults on coastal management issues

Council consults on coastal management issues

25 October 2017

The Beachport community is being asked to comment on two documents relating to coastal management issues.

Council recently engaged Coastal Engineer Luke Campbell from Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec to look at options to reduce ongoing sand management and maintenance costs at the Beachport Boat Ramp.

Recommendations from the report include the collection of additional environmental data to better inform numerical sand movement modelling; the purchase of dredge pipe infrastructure and a further trial of the Dragflow dredge pump that was used to relocate sand from the Boat Ramp basin in April of this year; and amendments to the Sand Management Plan.

“The Sand Management Plan for the town’s beaches was developed in 2013. The original plan did not consider the option of dredging within the boat ramp basin, so we believe it is timely that it be reviewed to incorporate the ability to use this alternative technology;” Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said. “The public are encouraged to comment on both the revised Plan and the content of Mr Campbell's report."

Key inclusions in the revised Sand Management Plan are:

  • Retaining the requirement to develop a sand relocation plan for each relocation event;
  • Email, website and Facebook notifications for sand relocation works to all interested parties, not just residents on Beach Road;
  • Monitoring of beaches using a variety of methods such as aerial imagery;
  • Exploring different technology and operating hours for the removal of sand from the Boat Ramp basin such as pumping and dredging as well as the use of excavators;
  • Triggers for sand relocation based on the needs of receiving beaches, rather than the levels of sand on Beaches 4 and 5.

Comments on both the Sand Management Plan and Mr Campbell's report can be provided on the feedback form available on Council’s website www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/haveyoursay or in writing to Council at PO Box 27, Millicent  SA  5280 by 8 am on Monday, 13 November 2017.

All comments received will be considered at a meeting of Council and submissions may be made public.

 

 

 

For further information please contact:

Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Email:                      bjg@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:              (08) 8733 0900 or 0402 177 247

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