Council strengthens the barriers at lake entrance
  • Tuesday 28 July 2015
Heavy machinery at Currimundi Lake entrance

Each day this week, Sunshine Coast Council will be at the entrance to Lake Currimundi, working to protect the popular facilities close to the beach with the help of some heavy machinery. A 30t excavator, two large dump trucks and a dozer will be moving sand around to increase the sand barrier and build a thicker berm.

Councillor Peter Cox said the project was another example of Council investing in healthy waterways and foreshores.

“A berm is like a big sand dune that acts more like a barrier and keeps the creek entrance up towards the north, away from the lifeguard towers, footpaths, car parks and other infrastructure close to the ocean,” Cr Cox said.

“Berms are naturally forming but are susceptible to erosion.

“When the berm is eroded by a shifting channel inside the lake, it is weakened and the risk of losing the infrastructure grows.

“The work will increase the length of the berm by at least 20m and also increase the height of the mid-section ultimately protecting the well-used and well-loved beachside facilities for the long term.”

The work is also in preparation for the closure of the entrance to Currimundi Lake from the ocean in mid-August, which aims to drown midge larvae to reduce hatchings in spring.

Work will take place from 7am to 5pm for about one week.

There will be some minor changes to beach access as work takes place.