Sand management in action
SWASH Project Delivery has produced a series of four sand management animation videos that help explain how various systems work around Australia.
We’re building on the sand bypass infographic concept we created earlier this year and continuing our commitment to help local communities understand marine environments, maritime operations, and best practice environmental protection and improvement measures.
Episode 1 – Bermagui
Bermagui is located on the New South Wales south coast. Over time, sands accumulate in its river entrance and boat harbour. Dredging is undertaken to ensure safe ocean access for recreational and large commercial fishing vessels. Sand is put to beneficial re-use nourishing the beautiful Horseshoe Bay Beach.
Episode 2 – Noosa Main Beach
Noosa Main Beach on the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland probably needs little introduction. But not everyone knows that underneath its pristine sands and pedestrian boardwalk lies an infrastructure of pipes and pumps. These help shift sand that naturally accumulates near the river back to the main beach to nourish this popular holiday destination.
Episode 3 – Lakes Entrance
Lakes Entrance is on the south eastern coastline of Victoria, at the entrance to the iconic Gippsland Lakes. Sand management is required at the entrance to maintain navigable ocean access for vessel. A trailing suction hopper dredge returns clean oceanic sand to the dynamic coastal system.
Episode 4 – Mandurah
Mandurah is on the south coast of Western Australia. Sand collects in a sand trap area on the western side of the channel. A slurrytrack machine is used to screen and pump sand slurry through a pipeline across the channel to the east. The sand is deposited on the beach and naturally continues to move north along the coast.
Explore new ideas
We think these animations are a great way to educate the community, waterways users, interest groups, the media, regulators and more.
Check out our moving maps too, showing the location of dredging and beach nourishment programs around Australia.
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