Noosa Spit restoration work has started with some residents saying it’s long overdue.
Noosa Spit restoration work has started with some residents saying it’s long overdue. Geoff Potter

First steps for a new dog beach

AS POSITIVE signs go, the sight of Pipa and Pepa, the Noosaville maltese shitzus running about on the remnants of Dog Beach, was possibly a portent of things to come.

At Noosa Spit on Tuesday morning, the $1.6 million Noosa Spit rectification works were cranking into gear, as the heavy machinery of Sunshine Coast council contractor Nabis Dredging created a construction beach head. Works for stage one of the $3million restoration, using geotextile bags to help stabilise the shoreline, should be ongoing until January.

The dogs belong to the Leafe family, which has made a long overdue return to one of Noosa’s former recreational hot spots that in recent years has been badly eroded by the Noosa River.

They were upstream from the main fenced-off work site. Duncan and Mary Leafe, who have lived in Noosa since 1994, well remember the wide expanse of beach that acted like a local magnet.

“It’s about time the council started spending some money here,” Mrs Leafe said.

“It is definitely well worth it.”

They could well see the carnage of the river’s flowing waters, in the collapsed trees and nearby broken cement pathway.

For their daughter Rebecca, who has moved back from the Gold Coast, the condition of the river mouth made for a forlorn sight, one that her flat mate Helen McKay was seeing for the first time.

They all agreed Noosa needed its dog beach back – something that was closer than Sunshine Beach and Castaways – for their dogs to get some exercise.

Meanwhile, Noosa councillor Russell Green said the new Noosa Beach sand pumping system construction was all but complete at the end of Noosa Spit.

He said it would be able to replenish up to 80,000cubic m of sand a year, in extreme erosion events.

Cr Green said the average rate of beach nourishment for this dual sand-shifter unit buried into the beach would be about 40,000 cubic m a year.

The upgrade will see the conversion of pumps from diesel to electric power.

It will also see the removal of a permanent pump station building, with CCTV surveillance of the discharge point, at the Park Rd end of Main Beach.