FIGHTING EROSION: Sand trapping efforts at Wooli are starting to have the desired effect which is some much needed good news for the village.
FIGHTING EROSION: Sand trapping efforts at Wooli are starting to have the desired effect which is some much needed good news for the village.

Wooli winning the erosion battle

THE battle to combat beach erosion at Wooli may be far from over but the latest beach report card is good news for the village.

Ongoing studies reveal sand-trapping efforts have been successful, providing a buffer zone from the next big storm.

Peter Dunn, vice president of Wooli's Coastal Communities Protection Alliance, said it's all 'sand in the bank'.

"We've employed a professional surveyor and he estimates sand-trapping efforts have increased the volume of sand by around 200 truck loads in front of the village," Mr Dunn said.

Mr Dunn said the result was not only pleasing but demonstrated the huge effort made by the community, in partnership with Dune Care and Clarence Valley Council.

"What we're doing at Wooli is a temporary fix at a relatively low cost with community support," he said.

"But this is a buffer, not a one-off fix, we need to keep replenishing the sand.

"If we get a couple of big storms, particularly from the north-east, we have no defence. It will take the sand out and erode down, that's why we need to find a new source of sand."

Mr Dunn said the surveyor would continue to monitor the beach every three months and the CCPA would continue to seek more funding to investigate other sources of sand replenishment.

A CCPA representative will travel to Gosford on Friday to meet with the NSW Minister for the Environment Rob Stokes and delegates from other coastal erosion hot spots.

"We want to talk to other coastal communities and see what they're doing," Mr Dunn said.



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