Torquay Beach erosion - Don Brown from Dundowran with his great grandchildren Ethan,10, and Shayla,9, O'Rourke. Staying at the Torquay Caravan Park. Sand bags in place to halt the erosion. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Torquay Beach erosion - Don Brown from Dundowran with his great grandchildren Ethan,10, and Shayla,9, O'Rourke. Staying at the Torquay Caravan Park. Sand bags in place to halt the erosion. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Ready for trucks: Torquay foreshore prepared for king tides

SANDBAGGING has almost been completed at the front of the Torquay caravan park as the Fraser Coast council rushes to protect the fore-shore ahead of an expected king tide at the end of the month.

Strong winds and tides stripped the Torquay fore-shore of sand two weeks ago, exacerbating the existing erosion.

Because the beach is so badly eroded, about 3000 cubic metres of sand will have to be shifted from the Tooan Tooan Creek mouth to Torquay by truck in the coming week.

Trucks will start shifting the sand on Monday.

Deputy Mayor George Seymour said, from what he had seen, the sandbags solution was working and the work had stopped the wave action from further eroding the endangered dunes.

"The council is using sand collected from the beach to fill the bags to build a single line of bulk sand bags along the Torquay foreshore in front of the Surf Lifesaving Club and the Torquay caravan park to date," Mr Seymour said.

"Work in front of the Hervey Bay Sailing Club is expected to be finished late this week. Additional sandbagging is scheduled to continue in other priority areas next week."

The bulk sandbags will be filled with sand and tied at the top. They will be then partially buried in the sand with more sand backfilled behind them.

The work will then be finished with a sand push at the front to cover the front and back surface areas.

"Shifting the sand will require about 300 truck movements during the week," Cr Seymour said.

"This may cause some traffic disruption on the Esplanade, as well as other transport routes."

The temporary protection efforts are expected to cost about $160,000.