Lowered sand on Waihi Beach

Lowered sand levels on Waihi Beach’s will be resolved over time, say the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

The council has been made aware of Waihi Beach’s lowered sand levels, particularly in the area between The Loop and Three Mile Creek.

The lower level is due to recent weather patterns, as well as the constantly changing nature of the ocean beach sand levels at Waihi Beach.

Reserves and facilities projects and assets manager Scott Parker says there are a few issues the council are addressing.

“Newly exposed old gabion baskets and any other remnant seawall structure and associated debris will need to be removed to ensure health and safety standards are maintained.

“The larger newly exposed rocks in front of the revetment can be used to cover the geo-fabric that is now visible at the base of revetment. We will also need to remove or relocate some of the smaller rocks.

“We hope to get work underway as soon as possible, while complying with resource consent conditions.”

They say the beach should return to a normal level naturally through cyclic patterns in due course.

There may be some temporary access issues for beach goers in the area until work is finished and the sand levels have elevated.

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More gold

Posted on 01-08-2017 12:12 | By Papamoaner

Black sand has been associated with gold on the south island west coast. Hmm, maybe we ought to get down to Waihi beach with our gold pans and have a go.

An omen

Posted on 01-08-2017 11:42 | By Papamoaner

There’s gold in them thar rocks