Erosion busting boost for beaches with annual dredging works

Published on 03 August 2023

Dredging works underway in Burleigh

The annual $1 million erosion busting dredging project is underway to ensure Gold Coast beaches continue to flourish.

The annual dredging works at Tallebudgera will continue until September as a part of ongoing efforts to combat beach erosion and protect community infrastructure.

“Beaches are vital to the Gold Coast way of life and the annual ‘beach boost’ dredging works are essential to ensure our natural resources can be enjoyed for decades to come,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“The City of Gold Coast’s dredging program means about 30,000 cubic meters of sand will be pumped from Tallebudgera Creek to supply Burleigh beach.”

Once the sand is pumped around the Burleigh headland and Burleigh beach, natural processes allow the sand tor travel north and nourish other beaches along the coastline.

In October, dredging works will move to Currumbin Creek where another 30,000 cubic meters of sand will be pumped onto southern Palm Beach.

The dredging works, form part of a larger coastal management program along the City’s 52km coastline from Coolangatta north to South Stradbroke Island.

“Our dredging and beach nourishment programs ensure the Gold Coast’s beaches are in the best condition possible for tourists, residents, swimmers and surfers,” Cr Tate said.

“As well as keeping the beaches pristine, the nourishment program also protects community infrastructure from destructive coastal erosion.”

The City has conducted the annual dredging program at Tallebudgera and Currumbin since 1990.

This dredging program works alongside other programs to protect the city’s beaches from severe weather and erosion.