The unique Bargara coastline will have added erosion protection as Bundaberg Regional Council begins the coastal works for its Bargara Shoreline Erosion Management Plan (SEMP).
The Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy (CHAS) project identified and prioritised areas throughout the region which were at risk of erosion, including the Bargara coastline, between Bargara and Jayteens Park.
These areas have also experienced a noticeable loss of sand and dune vegetation.
To help combat erosion in these areas Council will undertake beach nourishment and revegetation works, from Monday 9 October.
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said this particular part of the coastline was unique in that it featured sections of both sandy and rocky shores, natural headlands, pocket beaches and coastal structures.
“The Bargara SEMP is one of the priority short-term actions from the CHAS and is one of many steps we are taking to proactively manage our coastline now and into the future,” he said.
“Council has identified the 2 km stretch between the Point and the Bargara Sports Complex as a priority area for erosion management.
“The project will include revegetation and sand nourishment as a sustainable way to reduce shoreline.
“In conjunction with revegetation works, beach nourishment will replenish the lost sand and assist in stabilising the dune system.”
The Bargara SEMP project identified revegetation priorities in several locations in Bargara Beach, Turtle Park and Nielson Park Beach.
Existing native plant species which are relevant and suitable for the locations will be retained while weeds will be removed.
During the SEMP works access to the identified sections of the Bargara foreshore and boat ramp within the project area will be closed from time to time for safety reasons to allow access for vehicles and machinery.
Stage one of the project includes revegetation in Bargara Beach. Further revegetation and sand nourishment at Nielson Park Beach and Jayteens Park will be implemented in stage two.
Funding support for this project has been provided under the QCoast2100 program.