Beach trial for Duranbah



THE Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project and Tweed Shire Council are to take part in a trial sand placement works at Duranbah Beach to study the effects of enlarging the beach dune.

The work is scheduled to take place at the end of this month.

The Sand Bypass Project will pump sand to the centre of the beach and Tweed Shire Council will spread some of the sand to enlarge the dune area.

The Sand Bypass Project will then monitor the beach changes to determine if a larger dune can be maintained.

Project Manager, Ian Taylor said: "Following discussions with Tweed Shire Council and community groups, it's clear that there is a strong desire for a larger dune and upper beach area at Duranbah.

"While this may not be sustainable, it has been decided to increase the size of the dune on a trial basis".

During the trial, up to 30,000 cubic metres of sand will be placed by the sand bypass system directly onto Duranbah Beach in front of the VMR building.

A portion of the sand and water is expected to run into the surf zone where it will be distributed by the currents and thereby nourish the underwater parts of the beach.

The rest of the sand will be spread and graded to extend the dune.



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