Sand replenishment to keep Horseshoe Bay great

Date published: 10 August 2020

More than 8,000 cubic metres of sand will be repositioned along the Horseshoe Bay shoreline in the coming weeks to mitigate the impact of erosion along the beach.

Townsville City Council community safety and environment committee chairperson Margie Ryder said the annual sand replenishment works were part of the Horseshoe Bay Shoreline Erosion Management Plan.

“These annual works are vital to managing the erosion of Horseshoe Bay, which can be caused by king tides and weather events such as the unprecedented 2019 monsoon,” Cr Ryder said.

“The sand will be repositioned to build back the beach's dunes and esplanade while improving the beach's resilience to future weather events.

“The annual replenishment works are just one aspect of our Horseshoe Bay Shoreline Erosion Management Plan that was endorsed by Council earlier this year.”

The annual works have been expanded this year with funding provided under the joint Australian and Queensland Governments’ Disaster Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for recovery works following the 2019 unprecedented monsoon.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney thanked residents and visitors for their patience while the work is completed.

“Magnetic Island is a very popular destination for both tourists and locals alike and we want to get this work done as quickly as possible to minimise any impact on the area,” Cr Greaney said.

“This annual sand replenishment program is crucial for ensuring that Horseshoe Bay remains useable for locals and tourists.

“There will be temporary beach closures either side of the boat ramp while our staff complete the sand renourishment and I thank residents and visitors for their patience while we complete these vital works.”

The works are expected to take up to 5 weeks to complete.