Sand bags were placed along Torquay beach in an effort to prevent erosion earlier this year.
Sand bags were placed along Torquay beach in an effort to prevent erosion earlier this year. Alistair Brightman

Sandbags exposed by high tides, strong northerly winds

SANDBAGS have become exposed along the Torquay foreshore near the caravan park, with strong northerly winds and higher tides to blame for uncovering the bags, according to councillor Trevor McDonald.

The bags were placed along the foreshore as a temporary measure in January to cope with erosion caused by king tides.

Cr McDonald said the public should stay away from the exposed bags.

"We are expecting more favourable south easterlies over the coming days and high tides towards the end of the week," he said.

"We will keep monitoring conditions and ideally cover the bags or arrange for their removal if required.

"Some residents have questioned the quality of the sandbags that we have used and I want to stress that the sand bags are only being used as a temporary measure.

"They were installed purely to minimise the damage of large seas and high winds earlier this year. They were never designed to be a long-term solution."

The council is currently considering long-term options, such as rock walls, geotextile sand container walls and beach nourishment to guard against erosion.

Cr McDonald said the beach was able to repair itself and regenerate most of the time.

"However in the event of extreme weather we sometimes need to import sand on the beach, as we have done in the past," he said.