Gosford Council Installing $350K Sandbag Wall To Protect Esplanade #Ettalong #Umina #CentralCoast

Gosford Council

Press Release

3rd September, 2015

Gosford Council Installing 700- Strong $350K Sandbag Wall To Protect The Esplanade

Erosion at Ettalong

Gosford City Council is currently installing around 700 large, heavy-duty sandbags along The Esplanade at Ettalong and Umina to prevent further coastal erosion in the area.

The emergency works are part of Council’s ongoing response to April’s natural disaster, a series of large southerly swells and higher than normal tides that has exacerbated erosion in the area and prevented natural rebuilding of the beach and dune.

Gosford Council’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Anderson said that building the sandbag wall along The Esplanade was the best solution to protect the area.

“Following advice from coastal engineering experts, we decided that installing these sandbags was the best way to quickly and effectively stabilise the sea wall and shield the local road,” Mr Anderson said.

“When it’s complete the sandbag structure will be almost three metres high above sea level and around 100 metres long.

“Unfortunately, the size of the sandbags, location of the erosion, changing tides and construction requirements mean that it will take time to complete these emergency works safely and properly.

“The slowest part is the initial three rows of sandbags, which need to be buried underneath the sand when the tides allow.

“The sandbag structure is temporary and will remain in place while the erosion and sand loss is naturally restored.

Results of coastal erosion in Wamberal, Central Coast NSW in 1978. Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

Results of coastal erosion in Wamberal, Central Coast NSW in 1978. Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

“We’ve seen these type of emergency works undertaken in other coastal areas and we’re confident this is the best option at Ettalong and Umina,” he said.

Council currently estimates the sandbagging works could cost up to $350,000.

At this stage, Council expects it could possibly take another two months to install around 700 of these large, heavy duty sandbags.

“I would like to sincerely thank local residents in Ettalong and Umina for their patience and cooperation during these works,” Mr Anderson added.

“While I can appreciate that it might not look like much progress has been made, I can assure the community that without the efforts of our crews to date the impacts could’ve been a lot worse.

“Since early July, our crews have moved a lot of sand from near Ettalong Point to buffer the eroding coastline but the high tides have continued to remove this sand protection.

“At the end of the day, public safety will remain our highest priority in managing this erosion issue at Ettalong and Umina.”