THE RESTORATION OF BATE BAY, AUSTRALIA - PLUGGING THE SINK

Angus D. Gordon

Abstract


For more than 200 years aeolian processes have removed sand from the Bate Bay coastal compartment. This ongoing loss resulted in long term recession of the 5.5km beach. By the mid 1970's the recession threatened both public and private assets. A detailed coastal process study was undertaken to develop a management plan aimed at halting the recessional trend. The plan was progressively implemented over a period of 14 years. The result is that the foreshores of Bate Bay are now stable. The management strategy adopted has not only protected the public and private assets but has also enhanced the recreational amenity of the area. Throughout the project monitoring was undertaken of both the coastal process and the management options. These monitoring programs have provided useful information on the pragmatic application of traditional study techniques and on the effectiveness of the selected management options.

Keywords


sink; sink plugging; Bate Bay

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