In the first week in March, the State Government will move sand to West Beach and Henley Beach South from the Semaphore South breakwater to address erosion and sand drift issues on the beach. The sand is being carted by trucks from the Semaphore South breakwater to the affected areas.
As explained further in this video, the Semaphore South breakwater already has a build-up of sand, as wind and waves naturally moves sand northward along Adelaide’s coast. The breakwater at Semaphore South traps sand as it drifts northward along the coast. This sand will help with replenishing Adelaide’s eroding southern beaches.
Parts of the beach that are affected include:
• between the Semaphore South breakwater and Point Malcolm Reserve
• between the Henley Beach Sailing Club to Rockingham Street, West Beach
• between the Henley Beach Sailing Club to between Lexington and Gilmore Streets, Henley Beach South.
The work will take place between the hours of 7.30 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Friday. During this time residents and beachgoers are requested to take extra care on the beaches. The public are asked to adhere to all safety signage and flagging that is in place during operations to ensure their safety, and not to enter any flagged off areas. The public are also asked to stay off of the dunes and the exposed sand pumping pipeline at West Beach.
This sand carting is part of the Department for Environment and Water’s annual beach replenishment program for the Adelaide coast.
For any operational enquiries on day-to-day activities, please contact Buttrose Earthmovers Project Manager Simon Forrest, on 0412 172 808. For general enquiries concerning beach management, contact the Department for Environment and Water on 8124 4877 or email DEWCoasts@sa.gov.au.