Sand shipped from Mordialloc Beach

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THOUSANDS of cubic metres of sand will be shipped from Mordialloc Beach in the coming weeks as part of a project to “renourish” Parkdale Beach.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has begun works to give Parkdale Beach a facelift. They plan to place 8000 cubic metres of sand on the foreshore area of the beach.

DELWP Port Phillip land and built environment program officer Cass Philippou said that sand from Mordialloc would be taken from an area where it would be “naturally replaced.”

“Parkdale Beach has eroded over time from the action of wind, waves and tidal flow. Sand will be taken from Mordialloc Beach and trucked to Parkdale Beach where it will be placed in the foreshore area in front of the Parkdale beach cafe and Parkdale Yacht Club,” she said.

“Sand generally moves in a southerly direction to Mordialloc Beach at the rate of 2500 cubic metres per year. The sand will be taken from a site at Mordialloc located next to the water’s edge where the tide will naturally replace the sand and smooth the beach. 

“These works will add up to 25 metres to the beach, and will take around five weeks to complete. By bringing sand back to the beach we are protecting the foreshore from further erosion, which in turn will protect the vital assets behind the beach, including the promenade and Beach Road.”

Work zones have been fenced off at both Mordialloc and Parkdale beaches while works are ongoing. The DEWLP said that there will be people onsite to help the public access the beach “where possible”.

The works are expected to cost $151,000.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone New – 15 May 2019

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