The last time we saw a Council bulldozer on Wooli beach was after the major flood in 2011 when it pushed tons of flood debris to the back of the beach. This debris trapped a lot of wind-blown sand, really helping to develop the dunes protecting Wooli from coastal erosion.
Since then the dunes have grown even more, thanks to a lot of work by our DuneCare group. But they’ve also taken some big hits from storms, particularly two major ones in June 2016. These cost the fore dune about half its sand and exposed the foot of the main dune in several places.
So a joint plan involving CCPA, Council and the State government is now well advanced for a “Beach Scraping” Project. This will bring the bulldozers back to, not only repair the damage, but also to build an increased buffer of sand better shaped to withstand storms. Ideally this will buy enough time for our CZMP’s longer term beach nourishment strategy to be implemented.
While the sand scraping project is clearly going to help protect Wooli, it’s to be expected that the community will have lots of questions about it. You can also get a printer-friendly version of these here on the Clarence Valley Council website.