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Line in the Sand Collaroy

YOUR BEACHES ARE BEING DESTROYED BY A MONSTER SEAWALL… DRAW A LINE IN THE SAND!

COMING TO A BEACH NEAR YOU?  

YOU CAN TAKE ACTION NOW!

#lineinthesandCollaroy

 

Line in the Sand seawall protest 2002. 

STOP THE GIANT CONCRETE SEAWALL AT COLLAROY/NARRABEEN BEACH FROM MARCHING NORTH ALONG OUR PRECIOUS COASTLINE!

Get involved by:

Joining us to form a line in the sand on Collaroy beach at 4pm Saturday the 27th November on the beach (click here for more information)

Post to social media using the hashtag #lineinthesandCollaroy 

Instagram @surfridernb, Facebook Surfrider NB, Twitter, TikTok, even LinkedIn.

Let's get the word out there.

         

 Email Minister Stokes.     Sign the Petition

 

Here's what you need to know: 

Beaches naturally use their dunes to replenish sand and recover from erosion events. Dunes are nature's seawalls, they act like the precious lungs of the beach … breathing in and out with the tides. Sand is deposited, washed away. Breathe in. Breathe out. For the vast swathes of Australia’s uninhabited shoreline it’s a dynamic, natural process. But when humans build seawalls on beaches to protect private property and infrastructure, they harden the coast and remove its ability to recover naturally. One thing is absolutely certain according to coastal scientists worldwide: vertical seawalls protect land property in the short-term but, eventually, destroy beaches.

Now a 7 metre-high, concrete, vertical seawall has been built in front of private properties on Collaroy/Narrabeen beach. Seawalls of this design have been shown – all over the world- to destroy beaches.  Seawalls have the inevitable effect of reflecting and concentrating wave energy and accelerating erosion. Eventually, the beach narrows and disappears.

There are other ways of protecting private property that do not risk the loss of our precious beach system.

Do we accept this as Collaroy's future? Will these plans be soon coming to a beach near you?

 

Want to know more?

For the full scoop: 

https://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/seawalls-are-stealing-our-sandy-beaches

The worst of seawall design are towering vertical structures made of concrete… that’s what the Northern Beaches Council has built - without any serious effort to inform beach lovers. The council claims it has expert advice on the construction of the seawall, so why can't we see it? The seawall has been approved by Council for the benefit of a handful private property owners, at the expense of this important public space.

"Council's priority has always been to support residents to protect their properties as long as there is no negative impact on the beach" - Ray Brownlee CEO Northern Beaches Council. 

These are OUR beaches, it’s up to US to save them!

Science tells us, unequivocally, that Collaroy/Narrabeen Beach has been given a death sentence, unless we act NOW!

There are other less-damaging solutions such as beach nourishment and offshore artificial reefs, which have both been successfully implemented in areas such as the Gold Coast.

 

 

Do not let the Northern Beaches Council and NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes extend the seawall and kill your beach too!

Get involved by:

Joining us to form a line in the sand on Collaroy beach at 4pm Saturday the 27th November on the beach (click here for more information and to follow along)

Post to social media using the hashtag #lineinthesandCollaroy 

Instagram @surfridernb, Facebook Surfrider NB, Twitter, TikTok, even LinkedIn. Let's get the word out there.

         

 Email Minister Stokes.    Sign the Petition

 

What others are saying:

A nineteenth century response to a 21st Century problem... A step back in time to the non-environmental brutalist engineering "solutions of the 1900s"

Angus Gordon OAM, BE, M.Eng. Sc, FIEAust, CP Eng. Former General Manager, Pittwater Council. 

 

…eventually you will end up with a seawall and no beach at all" 

Professor Andy Short - Sydney University- School of Geosciences. Coastal Geomorphologist specialising in coastal processes

 

This is not public asset protection, it is beach vandalism"

Terry Fitzgerald, more than 50-year Narrabeen surfer

 

"The Collaroy seawall is the worst, most destructive development approved on Sydney's surf coastline in decades." Eminent NSW coastal experts.

 

Media on Line in the Sand Collaroy:

9News : Huge $25 million concrete wall designed to stop coastal erosion could wipe out beach completely

Guardian Australia:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/24/a-7m-wall-has-gone-up-on-a-sydney-beach-are-we-destroying-public-space-to-save-private-property

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jan/17/holding-back-the-tides-sydneys-battle-against-coastal-erosion

Others:

https://www.swellnet.com/news/surfpolitik/2021/10/19/the-wicked-problem-the-collaroy-seawall

https://www.surfline.com/surf-news/theyve-kerbed-guttered-narrabeen-beach/134812

https://www.pittwateronlinenews.com/Pittwater-sea-level-rise-erosion-threaten-beaches.php