Graham Robinson from Maryborough takes a look at the sand pushed up in front of his caravan on the beachfront at Torquay Caravan park.
Graham Robinson from Maryborough takes a look at the sand pushed up in front of his caravan on the beachfront at Torquay Caravan park. Alistair Brightman

Will sandbagging be enough to protect dunes at Torquay?

WORKS to protect the Fraser Coast foreshore have been completed just in time, with a whopper tide expected to hit on Wednesday before a string of king tides later in the week.

But we are yet to see whether the works will withstand the wild seas, or if more beach will be washed away.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said a sand shift was finished last week to prepare Torquay for the highest tide of 2014.

"Sandbagging was completed in front of the Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Torquay Caravan Park, Hervey Bay Sailing Club, and about 140m in front of Ron Beaton Park," Cr O'Connell said.

"Substantial sand pushes were also undertaken between the Torquay Caravan Park and Hervey Bay Sailing Club, sandbags at Aquavue and at the eastern end of Ron Beaton Park.

"Although the sandbagging and beach nourishment works will provide some improved protection from the upcoming king tides, erosion is still expected."

Mayor O'Connell said the level of erosion would depend on a number of unpredictable factors.

They include: the level of the beach when the sandbags were installed, the amount of sand deposited on the beach since the bags were installed, off-shore sandbanks and the slope of the beach that may affect wave run-up, any storm surge and/or the direction and speed of the wind.

"As was experienced earlier this month, the most devastating winds will be northerlies," Cr O'Connell said.

However the forecast for the next few days is predominantly for south-easterlies so that could be good news.

"The king tide on Friday will be about 4.2m and the highest for the year," he said.

"High tides in excess of over 4m are also expected on the days before and after the king tide."

The council has previously said the works involved shifting 3000 cubic metres of sand at a cost of $160,000.

Meanwhile, the council is looking into long-term solutions.



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