There is little data available with respect to trends for Wooli Beach, which has been impacted by the training of the river entrance at the southern end and other human developments. Collection of times series data of beach state/position provides very important information with respect to long-term trends and beach response (erosion or accretion) to different types of events.
Our initial survey will establish bench marks for each profile along the full length of the beach. Once this is done regular surveys are a relatively easy and cost effective method of recording beach changes using standard land survey equipment (e.g. a total station). While the more data the more often is always best, bimonthly or quarterly surveys would be adequate, with the addition of post-storm surveys if possible. Profiles positioned 200 m apart along the length of the Wooli settlement, with wider spacings (400-500 m) along the other parts of the beach would be more than sufficient.
CCPA is very fortunate to have Brian Saye as one of its Members as he is a professional surveyor and has agreed to lead the team to undertake the surveys. Brian is in regular contact with Council surveyors to ensure the data coming from our surveys is suitable for use in developing the long term protection strategy for Wooli beach.
The results of the surveys will be published here as they become available in early 2012