Sand bypassing project to combat erosion


The City will transfer about 10,000 cubic metres of excess sand from Sorrento Beach to Whitford Nodes Beach next month in an effort to combat erosion to the coastline north of Hillarys Boat Harbour.

The erosion has resulted in loss of part of the dune system and vegetation adjacent to Whitfords Nodes.

The sand bypassing project, a key recommendation in the City’s Coastal Monitoring Program, is being part funded by the State Government and once finished will provide Whitfords Nodes Beach with a buffer to storms and protect the dunes and public open space area.

It will also reduce the high build-up of sand at Sorrento Beach.

Work is scheduled to commence on Monday 3 December – between 7.00pm and 7.00am – during which time access to both beaches will be closed.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the project should take about three weeks to complete and the City would endeavour to minimise any inconvenience to beach users during that time by undertaking the works in the evening.

“The City’s 17km stretch of coastline is highly valued by residents and visitors and we will continue to implement programs and projects that address current and future climate change impacts in order to manage and protect vulnerable areas of our coastline,” he said.

On site signage will be erected to notify beachgoers of the proposed works.