With favourable conditions and no unforeseeable delays the Jimmys Beach sand transfer system at Hawks Nest is expected to be operational by May.
The first of its kind on the NSW coast, construction of the multi-million dollar system was on schedule to be up and running in time for the winter.
Jointly funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, MidCoast Council and the Department of Primary Industries Crown Lands and Water, the $3.7 million project would help maintain a sand buffer to prepare the beach for erosion during sever winter events.
Pumps take sand from the Winda Woppa sand stockpile to Jimmys Beach.
Sand renourishment has been identified as the most efficient way to provide a buffer for Jimmys Beach, and has the advantage of preserving the beach for people's enjoyment.Andrew Staniland
"We've constructed the pump house, installed the pumps and pipes, and are now undertaking the remaining works to complete the system," MidCoast Council coastal management co-ordinator, Andrew Staniland said.
Council has faced an ongoing battle to provide a sand buffer for the best part of 30 years on the beach, which had been identified one of the State's 12 coastal erosion hotspots.
Southerly winds and swells which usually arrive on the East Coast during weather characterised by low pressure systems, cause the sand to be stripped from Jimmys Beach.
With community support strongly behind the preservation of the existing beachfront, council has pursued a program of sand renourishment of the Beach after each storm event, trucking sand in along the beachfront.
"Sand renourishment has been identified as the most efficient way to provide a buffer for Jimmys Beach, and has the advantage of preserving the beach for people's enjoyment," Mr Staniland said.
With that in mind, and after extensive investigations into all types of options for controlling erosion, it was determined that the sand transfer system was viable for Jimmys Beach.
It provided a more reliable source of sand that was readily available when required and was a cheaper option than trucking sand.
Thanks to the joint funding arrangement, construction of the sand transfer system began in July 2018.
"All beaches are unique, and while the sand transfer system is the best management option for Jimmys Beach, it may not be suitable for other eroding beaches on the MidCoast," Mr Staniland said.
"This system is not designed to stop the erosion, however, it will continue to provide a sand buffer along the Winda Woppa foreshore far more effectively than previous trucking campaigns."