Kirra Beach restoration
In February 2009, the Queensland Government committed up to $1.5 million funding towards the restoration of Kirra Beach. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) has been responsible for the project management of the Kirra Beach Restoration Project with the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) as a key stakeholder and the primary service provider for the works.
The Kirra Beach Restoration Project consisted of the following 3 stages:
Stage 1: Works were completed in July 2009, with 20,000 cubic metres (m3) of sand excavated to fill in low-lying beach lagoons at Kirra and for emergency repair works at Palm Beach.
Stage 2: Works were completed in December 2009 (Stage 2a) and November 2010 (Stage 2b), with approximately 200,000m3 of sand excavated from the Kirra Beach shoreline and used to restore a sand dune buffer at the back of the beach.
Stage 3: EHP sought feedback from the community on the success of stages 1 and 2 and options for the future restoration of Kirra Beach. The community consultation process was completed in December 2011.
- Kirra Beach Restoration Project Community Consultation Final Report
- Aerial view of Stage 2a work plans - completed December 2009.
- Aerial view of Stage 2b work plans - completed November/December 2010.
Kirra Beach Restoration Project milestones
- All stages of the Kirra Beach Restoration Project are now complete.
- Stage 1 works were completed in July 2009; moving 20,000m3 of sand for fill in low-lying beach lagoons at Kirra, and for emergency repair works at Palm Beach.
- Stage 2a excavation works were completed on 17 December 2009 moving an estimated 75,000m3 of sand from the foreshore to extend the sand dunes behind Kirra Beach. The dunes created now extend from west of the Miles Street Groyne to 50 metres (m) east of the Coolangatta Creek outlet. They are on average 1.5m above existing back beach levels.
- Fencing work on these dunes was completed on 26 February 2010.
- Stage 2b excavation works were completed on 23 November 2010, 2 weeks ahead of schedule. An estimated 137,000m3 of sand was moved from the foreshore to extend the sand dunes behind Kirra Beach.
- Stage 2a and Stage 2b dune revegetation work was carried out by local contractors Gecko Regen over a 1.7km length of the restored dune system. Initial planting of around 18,000 native plant species was completed in May 2011.
- Stage 3 was completed in December 2011.
- On completion of stages 1 and 2 of the Kirra Beach restoration works at the end of November 2010, the beach adjacent to the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club was at its narrowest since May 2003.
- The GCCC will continue to maintain the rehabilitated dunes as part of a city wide dune maintenance program which includes weeding, site monitoring, and watering using recycled water.
- Key community recommendations for the restoration of Kirra Beach include:
- investigation into options for improving the surf quality at Kirra Point
- improvements to the Kirra Point Groyne foreshore area and walkway
- investigation of options for the restoration of Kirra Reef ecology
- modelling of coastal processes that influence Kirra Beach morphology.
Other activities relevant to Kirra Beach
The Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project (TRESBP) plays a vital role in the delivery of sand to the southern Gold Coast beaches. Whilst TRESBP and the Kirra Beach Restoration Project are managed separately, the improved ongoing operation of the TRESBP will ensure that these beaches continue to provide an attractive amenity for the many different beach users. Importantly, the project will also provide adequate protection from major erosion events which may threaten public and private property.
TRESBP has independently completed an operational feasibility study to better manage the delivery of the highly variable natural sand supply rates to the southern Gold Coast beaches. A separate public consultation process on the operational feasibility study options is currently being undertaken by TRESBP.
- Kirra Beach works complete (Minister Jones Media Release - 27 February 2011)
- Long-term Solution for Gold Coast's southern beaches (Minister Darling Media Release - 12 October 2011)
- Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project
- Kirra Beach Restoration brochure
- Video monitoring of Kirra Beach
- Recent beach changes at Kirra
- Pictorial time line at Kirra
- Recent beach changes at Snapper Rocks
- Recent beach changes at other locations
- Gold Coast City Council contribution to the project
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