Protecting The Beach - What Can Residents Do?
You can help by:
Following designated walking tracks
Not stepping on plants
Not playing on the dunes
Storing items such as boats and other private property inside property boundaries rather than on the dune
Community role in managing coastal risks
Council has just completed works to repair damage done to the dunes in recent storm activity. Low points in the dunes were raised in similar work during 2006. Many of the locations topped up in the current work were raised then but have since been eroded by trampling.
The current works will continue to provide protection only if the dune height is maintained. The dune will lose height if trampling leads to loss of sand or damage to the vegetation allowing sand to blow away. Storms may also cause dunes to collapse.
Damage to the dunes from foot traffic will reduce the effectiveness of the dune repairs recently completed. Council is not obliged to undertake these works or maintain them indefinitely and will need to re-evaluate the sand replenishment program if there is not continued support from the community in doing its part to minimise damage to the dunes.
If you see trampling causing damage to the dunes near your home, please advise Council so options for remedial action can be assessed
If the current works are damaged by foot traffic, it is unlikely Council will repair them without cooperation from the community to prevent this happening again.
Further actions could include:
- Erection of warning signs about the risks created by dune erosion from foot traffic
- Erection of fences to direct crossing the dunes at formalised stepped accesses
- Erection of new 'hardened' access points where warranted and agreed with neighbours
If such controls are not supported by the community, further repairs to dunes eroded by trampling would be futile.