Digging deep for a better beach
  • Tuesday 05 July 2011

Safer boating and a better beach.

That’s the forecast for Mooloolaba thanks to a pipeline that will transport around 30,000 cubic metres of sand from the entrance of the Mooloola River onto the beach during July and August.

Now in its second year, the $500,000 project is a joint initiative between Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the works would bolster Mooloolaba Beach against erosion and enable safe navigation for marine vessels entering and exiting the harbour.

"What we’re doing is dredging the entrance of the Mooloola River to a depth that allows safe travel for water craft and pumping the sand that is removed to where it’s needed on the beach," he said.

"Over the course of a year a build-up of sand usually occurs in the boating channel and we are now capturing that sand and pumping it via our pipeline onto nearby beaches.

"Council has made provision in its budget for the dredge to return each winter but we will assess the condition of our beaches and the channel each year and determine if this process is needed.

Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace said the Queensland Government was committed to maintaining navigable access to high use waterways for recreational and commercial boating.

"The Queensland Government has contributed $250 000 to this project that is a great example of a win-win partnership with Sunshine Coast Council," he said.

"As well as providing sand for Mooloolaba Beach, the project provides an important opportunity to help combat shoaling that occurs in the Mooloolah River entrance channel from time to time.

"Boaties will have more reliable access to the harbour thanks to this great on-going dredging initiative."

Work is set to begin in early July and will be carried out by Sunshine Coast company Halls Contracting.