Residents of the beachfront village of Wooli believe they have found an inexpensive option for tackling coastal erosion.
The NSW Government’s recent rejection of a proposed $50 million seawall for Old Bar, east of Taree, has reignited debate about how to protect erosion ‘hotspots’.
Peter Dunn from the Wooli Coastal Communities Protection Alliance, said the Wooli beach is the best it’s been for decades.
He said it is partly due to a ‘sand-trapping’ program.
“We’ve worked with the local Dunecare group to trap wind-blown sand,” he said.
“Which is only 10 percent of the total movement of sand, but its been extraordinary how its built up a whole new fore dune in front of the main dune.
“In fact the latest survey we did just a few weeks ago shows that what we’ve trapped there is the equivalent of about 200 truck and trailer loads of sand.”
Mr Dunn said it is important they develop solutions that do not rely on significant Government funding.
“Most of the Councils up and down the coast are really struggling from a budget point of view,” he said.
“The State Government certainly isn’t going to find $10 million to $15 million for every little village along the coast.
“So we have to try and find solution like Dunecare and sand-scraping that are affordable.”