What Swash did
- Swash, and partner HSCS, undertook an onsite risk assessment of the public-facing sand recycling infrastructure including:
- Pumping station and sub station
- Sea water intake jetty and pumping
- Sand collection area
- Water and slurry transfer pipelines
- Sand deposition area
- Buried electrical cables.
- In addition to the above scope, the risk associated with operations and maintenance of the sand recycling system was undertaken.
- This audit provided a complete risk assessment, and recommendations to reduce risks to public safety through Safe Work Procedures and Method Statements.
About the project
Noosa Council commenced sand recycling operations on Noosa main beach on a trial basis in 2003, and after several years of trial operations a permanent facility was installed in 2013.
The sand recycling system is in place to transfer sand from the north-west end of Noosa main beach, adjacent to the river mouth, back to the eastern end of Noosa main beach. The purpose of the sand transfer and deposition is to ensure that the main beach remains aesthetically pleasing to beachgoers as well as maintains safety for the public to use on an ongoing basis.
To more fully understand this risk and the acceptability of the risk to the general public, a Qualitative Risk Assessment of the existing infrastructure and operations was conducted.
Want to see the Noosa system in action? You can watch our Noosa Main Beach sand management animation below (and check out all of our sand management animation videos here).