Holloways Beach rock groynes

  • Suburb: Holloways Beach
  • Work period (anticipated): 15/07/2020 to 31/12/2020
  • Description: Two rock groynes have been constructed at Holloways Beach
  • Likely impacts: Noise; Dust; Property Access; Traffic Control
  • Location: Oleander St / Casuarina St and Pandanus St / Hibiscus Lane
  • Status: Closed
Project update

Rock placement is complete on the southern and northern rock groynes and overall, the project is estimated to be about 90% complete.

Remaining works at the southern site include installation of stairs which are being fabricated offsite and not expected to be installed until early December.

Sand nourishment is expected to be undertaken during December 2020 / January 2021.

Two 30-metre rock groynes will be constructed at Holloways Beach to provide long-term protection of the foreshore.

Sand erosion has been an ongoing concern at Holloways Beach, with various beach nourishment campaigns initiated over the years due to ongoing sand loss along the beach. The most recent campaign, in 2016, involved pumping approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand onto the beach at of cost of $640,000. This sand was washed away in a very short period of weeks.

Council has approved the $2 million construction of two groynes, at the end of Oleander St and Pandanus St, which will maximise the benefits of future beach nourishment programs by reducing the amount of sand being washed away.The groynes will not be located directly in front of residential properties minimising visual impacts.

Please refer to the links below for further information released during community consultation phases.

Construction timeline

Works to construct the southern rock groyne at the end of Pandanus St are programmed to start on Monday 27 July 2020. The southern rock groyne will be constructed first and then works will move north to construct the new rock groyne near Oleander St.

Rock will be transported to each location in Holloways Beach from the Redlynch Quarry. Rock haulage routes ( PDF, 2.36 MB ) can be viewed below, as well as access routes to the beach, work areas and rock stockpile sites ( PDF, 0.23 MB ). An excavator will place this delivered rock into position.

The works program will be dependent on tide levels and weather conditions however, completion of this major infrastructure improvement project is expected to be December 2020 / January 2021.

What to expect
  • Increased construction vehicle traffic on local roads - view the rock haulage route ( PDF, 2.36 MB );
  • Noise from construction activities and heavy machinery including unloading of rock at construction sites;
  • Dust and vibration during construction activities - impacts will be monitored and minimised wherever possible;
  • Temporary closures of public space (beach and foreshore where construction activities are in progress);
  • Tree trimming required within the work area for machinery access and construction fencing installed where required.

Working hours will vary according to suitable tides but will generally be Mondays to Saturdays between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Some Sundays may be required to take advantage of low tides.

For any enquiries

Phone: (07) 4044 3303

Email: feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 31 December 2020