Palm Beach Shoreline Project
Palm Beach is a beautiful 3.8 kilometre stretch of sandy beach on the southern Gold Coast, nestled between Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks. It is an important part of the Gold Coast's iconic coastline, however it is more susceptible to serious beach erosion than other Gold Coast foreshores.
As part of its Ocean Beaches Strategy, the City of Gold Coast is now developing the Palm Beach Shoreline Project – a holistic plan to provide a sustainable solution for the ongoing protection of the foreshore at Palm Beach. The project aims to:
- reduce the vulnerability of the beach and beachfront development to storm damage
- protect, and if practical, enhance the beach amenity for the community
- provide a sustainable, cost effective and integrated solution
- avoid or mitigate adverse environmental and social impacts.
This initiative will ensure the shoreline continues to be the social and economic centrepiece of Palm Beach.
The work completed to date tells us that beach nourishment stabilised by an artificial reef is the best long-term solution for Palm Beach.
The City is currently undertaking a series of targeted investigations that will form a Design Reference Report (DRR). The report adopts an evidence based approach to refine and validate the artificial reef and beach nourishment solution for Palm Beach.
Major investigations include sophisticated computer modelling, and physical modelling through a new partnership with the Queensland State Government.
To ensure the project is successful, we have adopted a series of performance objectives. The Design Reference Report aims to deliver an evidence based solution that meets all of the following objectives:
- Protect coastal infrastructure
- Ensure long-term benefits
- Maximise seasonal opportunities for surfing
- Optimise construction method and costs
The current project phase includes peer review from independent experts, and activities to inform stakeholders. The final report will be completed by the end of 2016.
Implementation of the project solution will be subject to future endorsement by Council.
An overview on the Design Reference Report including information around key activities will be available on the PBSP webpage in May 2016.
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This website provides you with access to key information on the Palm Beach Shoreline Project. Click on the links below to find out about:
- The challenge
- Past coastal protection works
- The team
- Project stages
- Technical data
- A centrepiece of the community
- History of Palm Beach
- How Palm Beach operates
- Resource centre