Holloways Beach erosion management

  • Location: Holloways Beach
  • Description: Provide your feedback concerning erosion management options to help maintain beach amenity at Holloways Beach.
  • Status: Open
  • Consultation period: 9:00am 01/05/2019 to 5:00pm 10/06/2019

Cairns Regional Council is considering erosion management options that will help maintain beach amenity at Holloways Beach.

Multiple beach nourishment activities and protection measures have been conducted over the years due to ongoing sand loss and erosion. Erosion management options need to be considered for beach amenity and to protect private and public beachfront property into the future.

An independent study by coastal environment specialists (Holloways Beach Options Assessment Report) has recommended several options for consideration that will maximise the benefit of future beach nourishment campaigns. Council is exploring two of these options:

  1. Reinstate and extend the existing groyne: This would involve removal of deteriorated sand filled bags from the original failed structure near Oleander Street and reinstatement of a rock groyne at the same location that would extend approximately 50 metres out to sea. Northerly moving sand is trapped by the groyne which would then be regularly recycled back to erosion prone areas at the southern end.
  2. Additional rock groynes: Potentially an additional two rock groynes could be built within the southern section of Holloways Beach. Exact locations for these groynes cannot be determined until detailed design planning would be carried out. The Holloways Beach Options Assessment Report recommends, in order to keep sand in front of the rock wall, these groynes would need to be located between Oleander Street and Barr Creek, and positioned about 300 metres apart.

Council is also considering potential options for other parts of the beach recently affected by erosion, including a condition assessment of the rock wall.

Please review the information brochure ( PDF, 1.56 MB ) for additional information. If you would like to provide feedback concerning the above options please submit your written feedback to feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au by Monday 10 June 2019.

Alternatively, please post your comments to:

Cairns Regional Council, PO Box 359, Cairns Qld 4870.

Our Cairns Coast Survey

Residents of the Cairns region are also being invited to share their views and what they value about the coastal environment as part of the “Our Cairns Coast” project. The project will deliver a strategic approach to managing future coastal changes relating to erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise throughout the next 80 years. The online survey will remain open until 30 June 2019.

Last updated: 02 May 2019