Important annual coastal maintenance work has commenced to ensure safe navigation at Mandurah Ocean Entrance and to widen Town Beach.
Department of Transport (DoT) general manager of coastal infrastructure Steve Jenkins said the annual sand bypassing and replenishment project, funded by the State Government and City of Mandurah at a cost of $1.2 million, would see about 170,000 cubic metres of sand relocated.
“To ensure Mandurah Entrance Channel remains safe for navigation sand is taken from a trap at Halls Head Beach and pumped to Town Beach to ensure a wide beach for community use,” Mr Jenkins said.
“The work, due for completion in October, maintains the natural eastward drift of sand and replenishes the eroding beaches to the north east of the Entrance Channel.
“When complete the local community will enjoy a wider Town Beach in time for the summer season.”
The works will be undertaken using a mobile material screening, pumping and conveying plant designed to transfer materials cost-effectively over long distances and a long reach excavator.
The Department of Transport have asked beachgoers to observe the warnings in place and keep well clear of the works which will occur during daylight hours from Monday to Friday.
DoT is working with local schools and sports clubs in the area to minimise inconvenience.
For more information about DoT’s dredging and sand bypassing program visit www.transport.wa.gov.au.