The importance of increasing resilience on our metro beaches
Wednesday 18 January 2023
Erosion on our metro beaches is nothing new. Our coastline faces significant challenges due to increasing storm events, rising sea levels and manmade problems.
The former Liberal Government had a plan. Additional sand, dune revegetation and importantly, an almost invisible sand replenishment pipeline between West Beach and Semaphore, were all part of a huge investment to increase the resilience of our metropolitan beaches. A pipeline between Glenelg and Kingston Park that has been in place for more than ten years has proved incredibly successful. The sand remains and the dunes thrive. It has worked.
It’s disappointing that the Labor Government has kicked the idea of a sand pumping pipeline into the never never, with no alternative option in sight. Review after review, while our beaches wash away. This appears to be a blatant attempt at politicising what is a straightforward environmental solution.
I’ll be continuing to urge the government to reinstate plans to build a pipeline between West Beach and Semaphore to build greater resilience in the coastline and keep sand on our beaches. If you’re interested in reading more about the importance of sand pumping pipelines, click the link in the comments.
Photo from back in happier days when we were actively working to move sand across our metro beaches while longer term solutions were activated.