Council crews to return to Horseshoe Bay for restoration works

Date published: 2 February 2018

Townsville City Council crews are expected to return to Horseshoe Bay within the next two weeks to restore the foreshore from erosion damage.

Recent king tides and strong winds over the past week have damaged the beach and made access difficult for residents and visitors. Crews are planning to return to restore the beach within the next fortnight, weather permitting.

Division 3 Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said regular restoration work was needed to ensure the beach remained in good condition and reduce the impact of similar weather conditions in the future.

“Horseshoe Bay is regularly affected by erosion and that’s why these regular works are so important,” Cr Greaney said.

“The king tides over the past week have had a big impact on the beach and more restoration work is needed.

“Horseshoe Bay is one of the most popular spots on Magnetic Island and we need to make sure it is looking its best.”

Council will notify the community before the works start and works will be carried out to minimise any closure of sections of the beach.

Works will include the use of plant equipment such as a bobcat to move sand and cover tree roots which have become exposed as a result of the erosion. Staff will manage pedestrians and keep them away from the work site.

This next round of restoration follows on from works completed last month.

Council has begun the development of a long-term plan to reduce the impact of erosion on Horseshoe Bay and make the beach more resilient to weather events.