CoastExchange: Another brick in the seawall

CoastExchange: Another brick in the seawall

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Feature: Another brick in the seawall

For centuries, people in coastal areas have battled to keep the sea at bay – especially during storms and king tides. Sea walls are one option. But they are expensive and can create environmental problems.

Gold Coast City Council has some authority on the subject. They have around 18 kilometres of sea walls and they have learnt a thing or two since 1967, when tropical cyclones caused extensive damage to southern Queensland beaches. Back then, property owners threw everything they could find into hastily erected barriers. They used concrete slabs and rubble, gravel, plastic sheeting, bricks – even old car bodies.

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Date Posted:

April 1, 2016