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The City of Charles Sturt’s development application for a new 10km underground sand pipeline has been approved, and is expected to help replenish the City’s more vulnerable beaches.

Following the completion of the assessment process, the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP), approved the application. The works will be completed by the Department of Environment and Water.

The new 10km underground recycling pipeline will be built from the Semaphore South breakwater to West Beach, and is a long-term solution to keeping sand on the city’s most exposed beaches for future generations to enjoy.

The pipeline will allow a lot more flexibility around where the sand is picked up from, collecting from the areas where the sand is accumulating and delivering to the areas that need it the most. 

It is also expected to reduce the use of trucks along the beach, resulting in a better solution for the environment, improve the safety of beach users, and reduce noise and congestion.

Following a design and approval phase, the works will commence in 2022, and will be completed by mid-2023.

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