Chris and Leanne Mizzi from Hervey Bay take a walk on Torquay Beach next to a large drop off after northerly winds helped to erode the beach.
Chris and Leanne Mizzi from Hervey Bay take a walk on Torquay Beach next to a large drop off after northerly winds helped to erode the beach. Alistair Brightman

Erosion on beaches as northerly winds whip up a swell

STRONG northerly winds coupled with a high tide hit Hervey Bay beaches hard this week, again prompting concerns about erosion.

Since Sunday, a strong northerly breeze has whipped up a swell in the usually calm waters of Hervey Bay.

Sections of the region's beaches have lost about a metre of sand.

Heading into storm season, ideas ranging from rock walls to geo-textile bags have all been tabled as valid protection for Hervey Bay's beaches.

A Fraser Coast Regional Council spokesman said there was progress on long-term solutions to fight erosion on the region's beaches.

"Detailed design is currently under way for additional revetment structures to be constructed between Torquay Boat Ramp and Ron Beaton Park," he said.

"Council is also investigating the potential for further beach nourishment in the future."

In the 2014-15 budget the council allocated about $2.15 million for coastal protection.

Despite this week's wind and sand being sacrificed, there aren't any plans to replenish it.

"It is anticipated that sand will naturally rebuild, particularly under south-easterly winds.

Several metres of sand was lost to the ocean during last year's January floods and ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.