- Thursday 22 December 2011
After striking an early snag the Noosa ‘Dog Beach’ project is set to power towards a long term solution to longstanding erosion problems at Noosa Spit.
Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said a new dredge would soon be in place and work would recommence early in the new year.
"The new dredge will deliver around three times the volume of sand needed to fill the geotextile bags that will be used to close off the channel and renourish the beach," he said.
"The arrival of the dredge at Noosa Spit has been delayed slightly due to it currently being used to remove a new sand shoal from the Mooloolah River entrance that was created during the recent offshore low pressure system that caused large swells."
Cr Green said the project would take around six months to complete.
"Work on the first stage of the Noosa Spit erosion project was temporarily delayed due to a significant amount of vegetation being found below the sand shoal," he said.
"The dredge that was originally in place was not suitable for this unexpected amount of submerged vegetation however the new dredge will be capable of completing the project.
"For many years the main channel of the Noosa River has frequently been tending to migrate south, putting erosion pressure on the river foreshore of Noosa Spit.
"If this is allowed to continue, the erosion of the peninsula will eventually expose Noosa Sound properties to currents and wave action.
"A?section of this peninsula known as ‘Dog Beach’ is a very popular swimming and recreational area for locals and tourists and it is also experiencing severe shoreline erosion.
"These works will encourage the channel to flow in a slightly different direction which will relieve the erosion pressures on these areas that have been heavily damaged."