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Redhead Beach sand on the move again

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Redhead Beach is once again getting a makeover, with more than 900 tonnes of sand being spread to offer beachgoers better access to their winter water activities. 

The sand is being moved from the dunes at the popular Lake Macquarie spot, further south past First Creek, allowing less spillover on pathways. 

Lake Macquarie City Council began its beach improvements last week, removing invasive bitou bush and shifting sand away from the shower and bike racks adjacent to the surf club building. 

In April 2022 storms battered Redhead Beach. Photo: Yasmin Catley Facebook

Acting manager environmental systems Daniel Hartin said the aim was to lower the height of the dune to stop it spilling over onto the access path and amenities. 

“The build-up of sand was in-filling those areas around the shower, bike racks and bins, making them more difficult to access and use,” he said. 

“It was also placing excessive strain on the retaining wall and potentially compromising its integrity, which made it necessary to take action.

“Sand dunes are always on the move, but we’ve consulted with the NSW Government’s Soil Conservation Service and put measures in place to slow their move back towards the infrastructure, and to stabilise those dunes in the longer term.” 

First Creek, Redhead Beach.

Measures include placing hay bales in strips parallel to the surf, reducing the effects of windblown sand movement. 

Work will begin next month to fix the path linking First Creek to the car park. 

Storms, high tides and scouring from the creek have washed away the lower part of the access path, and badly damaged a stormwater drain beside it. 

Heavy machinery is expected to realign the creek slightly south to improve its flow and reduce its scouring effect on the dunes, drain and access path. 

Current works are expected to be finished by the end of July. 

sand erosion
The path to First Creek is often plagued with erosion issues.

Sand erosion and associated dangers is not a new topic for Redhead Beach-goers.

The popular beach annually faces a new set of challenges and dangers as the sands expose piping, wires, slats and cement previously installed for access.

In April 2022 Redhead Beach was battered by rough swells, with water levels so high the cafe and surf club were inundated.

In January of 2021 locals raised concerns after several incidences involving signage and safety barriers following the erosion of pathways.

Storm damage June 2022. Photo: Rebecca Riddle.

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