The multimillion-dollar Palm Beach Shoreline Project is moving forward, after the City of Gold Coast released the development’s feasibility report.
Daphne McDonald, council’s engineering services committee chair, said the paper highlights the importance of addressing Palm Beach’s erosion and storm surge issues.
“The report has identified a management scheme that has the potential for the best value and the most sustainable outcome for the Palm Beach shoreline,” Ms McDonald remarked.
“Palm Beach is a popular destination loved by the local community and visitors and council is committed to protecting the area for future generations.”
The report outlined a number of recommendations for the project including the construction of seawalls, targeted placement of large-scale nourishment along Palm Beach, the development of a new near-shore structure and continuation of the annual dredging program.
With works anticipated to cost around $16.9 million, the project may provide a boost for Gold Coast apprenticeships as council powers ahead with plans to provide a sustainable solution for the region.
In 2010, Palm Beach was identified as a priority for investment under the Gold Coast Shoreline Management Plan (2010), with works to deliver a management scheme scheduled to kick off late next year.