Heavy machinery is moving built up sand at Moneys Creek in Bargara during low tide from today to improve water quality and maintain the popular area.
The annual sand push is undertaken every year in the lead up to summer.
Council's environment portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said a portion of the area would be closed to the public as machinery accessed the beach from the basin.
“The work will focus on opening the entrance with a loader to lower the water level in the lagoon, removing a small volume of sand,” he said.
“The beach will reopen for the weekend.”
Cr Honor said once complete, sand built up around the mouth of Moneys Creek would be cleared, improving water quality in the creek and maintaining the recreational attributes of the area.
“Sand removed from the mouth of Moneys Creek will be replaced into the surrounding environment on Kelly’s Beach,” he said.
Cr Honor said Council was aware that turtle nesting season was underway and precautions would be in place to ensure nests were protected during the work.
He said all necessary authorities including the Department of Environment and Science and Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority had received notification of the works.
Access to the beach will be closed between Crawford Park North and Miller Street, with parts of Kelly’s Beach sectioned off as a work site.
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