Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Sand trapping protects erosion hot-spot

Tuesday February 5, 2013 - 13:22 EDT

Coffs Coast beaches escaped the worst of the recent wild weather with erosion hot spots hit less hard than feared.

The Coastal Communities Protection Alliance says it was worried about how beaches at Wooli would cope with strong winds.

The beach only lost about ten centimetres of sand.

Alliance president Bruce Bird said sand trapping at Wooli helped protect the dunes.

"The sand trapping fences haven't lost anything, there was one, maybe two that had a small scouring out between them," he said.

"What they do, they trap the sand as the wind blows along and helps it to build up.

"That is what the ocean would normally work on before it would work on eroding away the dune."

Mr Bird said the Wooli beach only lost about ten centimetres of sand, but the sand trapping that protects local dunes will not work everywhere.

"Each beach is unique in its design and the way it faces onto the ocean and how that reacts also with the ocean currents," he said.

"They are all different I don't think there is only one method that you could say would be the panacea for all."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Dry season in Western Australia forces Wheatbelt farmers to sell off sheep

18:30 EST

The lack of winter rain over much of Western Australia has left many crops to wither and pasture to dry out, with Wheatbelt farmers in particular being forced to sell their sheep.

Late start to winter in Tasmania

12:06 EST

Winter has finally arrived in Tasmania this week after dry and record-breaking warm start to June in Hobart.

Rain drenches Perth but fails to bring many desperate WA farmers relief

16:51 EST

A cold front over the southern half of Western Australia has dumped more than 60 millimetres of rain on Perth, and has given some struggling farmers a boost, but has failed to reach all agricultural areas desperate for a drenching.