Why you might see six-wheel drives on Kellys Beach
A SET of beach front apartments in Bargara that were damaged in storms will have a seawall erected to prevent further erosion.
Dune & Saltwater Apartments on Miller St have approval to construct the seawall, with works to start on August 8.
Project manager Barry Hurst from Barry Hurst Building, who also owns one of the apartments, said the construction was necessary in maintaining safety to residents.
"The last time a big storm hit we lost three meters of sand from that area. If we left it and had another major storm, we would lose decking and the whole building area would be under pressure," he said.
"It is a very expensive project but it has to be done."
The seawall will be bedded on natural cooled lava flows that will be exposed during construction and tied into existing rock structures at each end.
Once complete, it will be covered with stockpiled sand to create stable and natural transitions between private and public coastal land and along the beach.
Mr Hurst said construction, that would affect the beach area from Christensen Park to Miller St, would would take four to six weeks.
He said notices were posted around the area to keep residents and beach goers up-to-date.
"We will be driving six-wheel drive rubber tyre vehicles along the beach during this time for the works," he said.
"Because we picked winter time, after the school holidays and after turtle season, there shouldn't be too much disruption to the public."
Beach access for construction vehicles is via the Christsen Park beach access ramp.
Christsen Park and the beach will remain open during construction.
Traffic control along the haul route and fencing around rock stockpiles will be utilised as necessary.