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Mooloolaba Sand

Mooloolaba Sand Bypassing

Sand bypassing equipment commenced operation at the mouth of the Mooloolah River (QLD) in August 2012.

The shoaling experienced at the river mouth is caused by sand moving up the coast under the action of south easterly weather. The sand migrates into the boating channel and causes shoaling. This sand must then be removed by cutter suction or trailing suction hopper dredges.

The fixed sand bypassing equipment aims to intercept this sand before it can cause shoaling in the channel. Shore based pumping equipment collects the sand at the end of the eastern breakwater and pumps the material, through pipeline, under the river and onto Mooloolaba beach.


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Mooloolaba River Mouth Sand Bypassing