A photo taken from a scissor-lift on site shows the scale and progress on the project. Plenty more sand has been pumped since this image in August.
A photo taken from a scissor-lift on site shows the scale and progress on the project. Plenty more sand has been pumped since this image in August. Sunshine Coast Council

360 Olympic-sized pools worth of sand dredged

BOATLOADS of sand equal to 360 Olympic-sized swimming pools has been delivered to the Sunshine Coast Airport site.

The 900,000 cubic metres represents about two thirds of the total 1.4 million which will be compacted to form the new runway base under the expansion project.

Since mid-August, the 150-metre Nile River vessel has made round-the-clock journeys between the Spitfire Channel dredge site in Moreton Bay to offshore at Marcoola Beach.

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesperson said the project was running on schedule, with activity due to be completed before the end of September.

 

The Nile River has made round-the-clock journeys from Moreton Bay, to Marcoola, delivering 900,000 cubic metres of sand so far.
The Nile River has made round-the-clock journeys from Moreton Bay, to Marcoola, delivering 900,000 cubic metres of sand so far. Sunshine Coast Council

"This will allow the dredge pipe to be removed and the dunes reshaped prior to the turtle nesting season, which officially commences on November 1," the spokesperson said.

Once this is complete, the contractor will move some of the sand on site towards the eastern end of the new construction.

Some will be stockpiled higher to provide a surcharge to compress the underlying soft clayey material at the north-western end of the runway, and will remain in place for about six months.

"The contractor then plans to progress onto pavement laying and surfacing, both on the new runway and on the apron areas.

"The project is on schedule for the final commissioning towards the end of 2020."



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