Port lends a ‘helping sand’ for Rowes Bay beach

Beach sand from the mouth of Ross River will be transferred to Rowes Bay next month as part of Townsville’s monsoon recovery effort.

Townsville City Council and Port of Townsville are working together to restore the Rowes Bay Esplanade, the beach and pedestrian access paths which were affected by the monsoon.

Townsville Local Recovery and Resilience Group chairman Les Walker said the sand restoration would be the first stage of works to repair the beach.

“Further works are being planned to transfer sand, deposited by the flood in lower sections of Ross River, to Rowes Bay,” Cr Walker said.

Port of Townsville will provide about 10,000 cubic metres of beach sand, which reduces the cost of the project to the council and allows more sand to be used to replenish Rowes Bay beach.

General manager of infrastructure Kim Gebers said the beneficial reuse of sand was a great outcome for the city.

“(We) conduct regular maintenance dredging in Ross River and Ross Creek,” Mr Gebers said.

“The ability to reuse sand to replenish Rowes Bay is a great sustainable solution to supporting the restoration of Townsville’s foreshore.

“The maintenance of the Ross River mouth ensures that businesses in the Townsville marine precinct and other locations on the river can safely navigate the channel and operate their businesses.”

The restoration of other beach locations around Townsville is continuing, with works undertaken so far at Horseshoe Bay, Picnic Bay, Balgal Beach and Saunders Beach.

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