Possible coastal erosion today

Jimmys Beach has a south-easterly aspect.


A severe weather system is expected to impact the MidCoast region today, with damaging winds and surf along the coast and the potential for coastal erosion.

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for blusterly winds and heavy seas along the coastline, warning that beach conditions could be dangerous and people should stay well away from surf and surf-exposed areas.

After the event, MidCoast Council is advising people to exercise caution in visiting beaches, as conditions at entry points along the beaches may have changed.

MidCoast Council is closely watching erosion hot spots at Jimmys Beach, Hawks Nest and Old Bar Beach, where previous sand buffering operations have been undertaken in preparation for these events.

“The Bureau says south and south east facing parts of the coast are most at risk of erosion, which puts our focus on Jimmys Beach,” said Council’s Coastal Management Coordinator, Andrew Staniland. “It is expected that Jimmys Beach may experience erosion.”

In August 2019, Council placed a sand buffer on this beach, designed to be eroded during these type of weather events.

Presently, a dredging campaign is being undertaken in the Lower Easter Channel of the Lower Myall River. This project aims to win 120,000 cubic metres of sand. 20,000 cubic metres of sand will be used to replenish Jimmys Beach after this event, with the remaining 100,000 cubic metres stockpiled for future sand renourishment campaigns in coming years.

“Following the storm, we will review affected areas and implement works to ensure safety as required,” said Mr Staniland.

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