Monday, 17 June 2013 09:30

Sand Pumping Pipeline


17 June 2013

Work started today to disguise pipes along the Glenelg Jetty.  Costing half a million dollars work will include widening of the walkway and moving the handrail to hide the pipes which are pumping sand.  The jetty will be closed on weekdays for about three weeks while the work is carried out. 

10 April 2013

The first stage of works to cover Glenelg Jetty’s sand pumping pipes will start within weeks. This involves installing a screen that will support the decking that covers the pipes to allow access on the southern side of the jetty. Stage two of the work, a synthetic mesh decking, is not due to be installed until July.

25 March 2013

Work to cover two controversial pipes on the Glenelg Jetty has been set back by two months due to a delay in sourcing a component of the construction. The work is now estimated to be completed by July 2013.

26 October 2012

I visited the Glenelg Jetty again today and spoke with engineers on site who are looking at developing ways to cover the sand pumping pipes so that people are still able to fish and go crabbing off the southern side of the jetty.

25 October 2012 

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit the Glenelg Jetty. Unfortunately two sand pumping pipes now run along the jetty’s southern side.  It was my understanding that the pipes were to go underneath, causing little or no disruption to the general use of the jetty. Although I still strongly support sand pumping in the Morphett Electorate I have written to Ministers Patrick Conlon and Paul Caica asking for decking  to be installed over the pipes and for the hand rail to be moved out.  With nearly three million visitors a year we do not want an ‘oil terminal wharf’ look for our jetty.

7 September 2012

Construction has started, and is well underway, on the sand pipeline project.  The project involves the construction of two separate pipelines. The larger of the two is 7 kilometers from Glenelg to Kingston Park.  The second is 2.2 kilometres running from the Torrens River outlet to the West Beach sand dunes. The infrastructure (pipeline, pumping station and discharge points), will replace the use of sand carting trucks on the beach and in surrounding streets which has long been a cause of concern for residents. Once completed, the pipelines will operate for three months of each year, and should begin in time for summer 2012-2013.

14 November 2010 

There has been an $8.1m cost blowout on the long-awaited construction of a sand pumping pipeline at West Beach. Trucks are still going to have to move the sand, which is the problem the South Australian Government was trying to fix in the first place.

You and I will now have to continue to tolerate sand carting instead of having a full pipeline as promised - and we will also have to pay for this ongoing activity.

Sand carting is part of the strategy to provide an additional sand buffer to sensitive areas of the coast in preparation for winter. The additional sand also ensures that beaches remain sandy for recreation and amenity purposes. Sand carting this year commenced on 27 April 2010 and was to be completed by 12 June 2011.  Up to 50,000 m3 of replenishment sand was to be carted by truck from Glenelg beach. The activity, since the early 1980s, has createds many problems – including heavy traffic and sand spilling out of the trucks and blowing onto roads and into residents’ gardens.

The pipeline is an infrastructure project - between Semaphore and Kingston Park, along Adelaide’s coast - that I want to see go ahead and take the hundreds of truck movements off the local roads. There have been protests against the 2,500 truckloads of sand moved through the backstreets from Glenelg to Brighton and Seacliff over two five-week periods each year.

Well, this project will now only be partially completed. The promised 22km underground sand transfer carting pipeline program will be cut to less than half its planned size to just 9km.  It was to include the infrastructure of two relocatable sand collection stations; six sand collection points; four main pump stations; and seven booster pump stations – and this was to replace sand carting trucks.

The project aim was for a raft of benefits: protecting the environment; stopping erosion; and stabilising the coast's fragile dune system along southern metropolitan Adelaide beaches which are constantly eroded through natural wave movement.

To summarise the cost mismanagement by the SA Labor Government:  in the 2008-09 budget the 22km pipeline, which was due for completion in June 2011, was set to cost the taxpayer $17.628 million. By 2009-10 the project had blown out by more than $2 million, costing South Australians $19.726 million. Only three months later, in September 2009, a press release from former Environment Minister, Jay Weatherill, shows the cost had blown out another $3 million to $23 million.

This year’s budget added another $2.7 million on to the project, now costing $25.721 million. The Government also announced that the pipeline would be less than half the original size - at just 9km - and would be delivered a year later than planned. It will now to be completed in the June quarter 2012.

Yes that’s right, a 22km pipeline costing $17.628 million will now be a 9km pipeline costing $25.721 million - it’s gone from $801,000 per km to $2.86 million per km which is three and half times the original cost!

I have been lobbying for this project since I was elected in March 2002 as I see it as a major issue which does affect tourism in the area, as well as pollute the environment.

It is clear that the project needs to be fully completed, as planned, and without further delays as it will create significant issues at the Bay, and other southern beaches, with respect to attracting international visitors to a well recognised tourist destination. We need good beaches but we need a long term solution to this problem.

For those unaware of the long history of this much awaited infrastructure project, the pipeline was approved in mid-2009 by the Development Assessment Commission and was unveiled by the Environment Department in 2005 as part of its 20-year strategy for maintaining Adelaide beaches. The Government outsourced the project through a tender process.

Construction was to be completed by the end of May 2011 and no further carting expected from then. This now remains a dream and will not become reality as was promised by the Labor Government.

I hope Bay residents make lots of noise about yet another Labor promise which will not become reality.

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  • Comment Link Robert Morgan Tuesday, 25 March 2014 12:27 posted by Robert Morgan

    The contractors operating the sand pumping stations at West Beach are in the process of setting the pumping stations a further 20 metres into the sand dunes making the total encroachment into the dunes of approx 40 metres. This will cause massive erosion and a further considerable loss of the sand dunes at West Beach from the surf lifesaving club to the river mouth.. Could you please confirm that it is the intention of the Dept of Environment to remove a large part of the dunes to make the sand available to utilise on the beaches

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