The gradually growing foredune which has been the focus of DuneCare’s work over the past couple of years, stood firm in the face of some wild weather courtesy of Cyclone Marcia.
Back in 2010, a major storm seriously damaged Wooli’s main dune. As Bob Stack (that’s him in the pic on the left) recalls it, the damage was done, not by the waves hitting the main dune head-on, but by water flowing north-south in a deep moat at its base. This flow undermined the dune, causing large areas to collapse.
So as Tropical Cyclone Marcia swept down towards Wooli last week, concerns were high.
As Bruce Bird put it, “Marcia will bring north easterly swells which are not good for us….additionally a 1.98m king tide is expected tomorrow, 1.99 the next. May not be good, our (DuneCare) work will be tested”.
Would this be even worse for Wooli’s main dune, the primary protection for the village, as per this clipping after a major storm in the 1990’s?
The only thing standing between Marcia and the main dune was DuneCare’s relatively small spinifex-topped foredune.
We’d heard from visiting experts that it could be helpful against minor storms but would be swept away by a major event like Marcia.
Well, against the odds, the little guy won convincingly.
The picture shows the “moat” after Marcia passed. She was unable to repeat this major problem from 2010.
To quote Bob Stack: “The foredune suffered only insignificant damage and did a brilliant job of protecting the main dune. Congratulations to DuneCare!”