Beachgoers were baffled when they noticed this rather large sand pit on Duranbah Beach.
Beachgoers were baffled when they noticed this rather large sand pit on Duranbah Beach. Conal Healy

'Sand pit' baffles beachgoers

IT could have been an asteroid crater or giant sand castle, but instead this huge sand pile on Duranbah Beach turned out to be nothing more than routine maintenance.

Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project manager Ian Taylor said the mounds of sand, which were created this week, were known as bund walls.

“The walls of sand have been put up as part of a routine placement of sand that takes place once a year, the second placement will take place in October,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Taylor said the walls are constructed to contain sand that is transferred to the beach via a pipe, and the sand is then spread across the beach by Tweed Shire Council.

“This sand maintenance strengthens the dunes and allows the beach to be restocked with sand,” Mr Taylor said.

Sand pumping at Duranbah Beach occurs primarily at night, but in certain circumstances such as system testing, pump maintenance and storm events, pumping may take place during the day.



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