Beaches bolstered ahead of summer season

Published on 19 July 2021

Lifeguard on the beach

Burleigh and Palm Beach shoreline will be replenished with enough sand to fill 28 Olympic sized swimming pools, as the City’s annual dredging program kicks off today.

Approximately 40,000 cubic metres of sand will be pumped from Tallebudgera Creek to top up Burleigh Heads beach.

At the completion of the Tallebudgera Creek dredging, the dredge will move south to Currumbin Creek where 30,000 cubic metres of sand will be pumped on to Palm Beach.

Mayor Tom Tate inspected the beach nourishment operation today at Burleigh Heads.

“Our beaches are the jewel in our city’s crown and it’s important we look after them for generations to come.

“The City allocates over $1 million for sand nourishment works to take place every year to ensure our beaches are in great condition for summer.

“These important works help protect community infrastructure from coastal erosion and keep our coastline looking beautiful. 

“It’s been a difficult year for tourism, so it is as important as ever for the Gold Coast to be looking its best as we welcome visitors back to the region.”

Dredging at Tallebudgera Creek is expected to be completed mid-September, ahead of the school holidays, before moving to Currumbin Creek between October and December. 

The annual ‘beach boost’ forms part of approximately $80 million body of coastal management works undertaken by the City over the last five years.

Significant works to protect the city’s 52km of coastline include the Surfers Paradise Sand Backpass Pipeline project, the Palm Beach Artificial Reef, Narrowneck Reef Renewal and the construction of public seawalls.