Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tides Threaten Beach Damage

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tides Threaten Beach Damage

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

HIGH tides reaching 2.12m through the weekend and until Tuesday next week are expected to bring further pressure on erosion hotspots from Bribie Island to north of the Maroochy River.

Sunshine Coast Council is monitoring about 10 locations on the northern end of Bribie Island with four already overtopping into Pumicestone Passage opposite Golden Beach and Pelican Waters.

At Maroochydore sand has been stripped from between the two Cotton Tree geotextile groynes while on the lower north shore beaches massive scarps have formed at beach access points leaving a four-metre drop to the beach in some places.

Coastal engineer Denis Shaw said it was clear that a natural shift was occurring with a massive movement of sand building up a 350m long by 60m wide spit into the Maroochy River mouth.

The movement is occurring at the same time council is spending $2.4million to pump 125,000 cubic metres of sand on to the beach between Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore. …

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