Shoreline reprofiling at Balgal Beach this week

Date published: 26 April 2021

Balgal Beach is getting a facelift as Townsville City Council makes headway with reprofiling the shoreline this week.

The reprofiling work is part of Council’s coastal management works projects and will help reduce the impact of erosion.

Community Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability Committee chairperson Maurie Soars said the works would be focused near the creek mouth and the beach pedestrian access path near Borton Street.

“Balgal Beach is a popular spot for both locals and visitors to the area, which means that erosion in the area caused by weather, tides and foot traffic does need to be addressed by Council crews,” Cr Soars said.

“These works will involve replenishing the sand on sections of the foreshore, which will help minimise erosion along the beachfront.

“By doing this work now Council will be able to maintain access to the beach pedestrian access path and also help the beach’s resilience in the case of future weather events.

“The process is quite simple – crews will remove sand that has accumulated on some parts of the beach and they will transfer it to the impacted areas of the foreshore and the creekbank.”

Cr Soars said locals and visitors to the beach had to be mindful of the works.

“These works are expected to run for about two weeks, weather permitting, and will include partial closure of the beach while crews are onsite with machinery, so thank you for your patience as we get this work done.

“Council has recently completed similar restoration projects at Rowes Bay and Pallarenda to help keep our beaches looking great and remaining resilient.”