Second sand scraping trial for Old Bar Beach

Published on 22 May 2019

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MidCoast Council will undertake a second sand scraping trial on Old Bar Beach from Monday 27 May, designed to provide a temporary erosion control measure on the Beach.

The trial involves using earth moving equipment on the Beach for about 10 days, to place a sand buffer along a section of the Beach, from just south of the surf club (in line with Kolang Street) to the northern point of the Old Bar Caravan Park.

“This location is the same section of Old Bar Beach where the first trial, conducted last November, was undertaken,” said Council’s Coastal Management Coordinator, Andrew Staniland. “These trial works replicate and build on the successful first trial, and others that have been conducted elsewhere along the NSW coastline.”

Sand scraping is an interim coastal management option that works by physically shifting sand from the intertidal zone (between high and low tide) and placing it against the upper beach area. The trial works are designed to add to the existing sand buffer, and act as a short term solution.

“It’s important to understand that the sand buffer is designed to be eroded by the ocean, protecting the existing coastline on a temporary basis,” added Andrew.

While pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the works, sections of the beach and beach access points will be closed during the operation of machinery to ensure public safety. “We ask for cooperation from beach users in following the directions of staff and signage on site to keep the Beach safe during these works,” says Andrew.

Council is partnering with universities to monitor the site, and further assess this management option for the area. The result of the trial will be considered when designing future solutions for the long term coastal management of the Old Bar area.

“At the conclusion of this trial, we will report back to our community on the effectiveness of the trial - there are no certainties that the trial will be extended or continued at this stage,” said Andrew.

MidCoast Council has received all relevant permits and licences to undertake these works, which are jointly funded with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

More information about MidCoast Council’s coastal management program is available on the coastal management page.