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Port Fairy Night Soil Site Sand Retention Fence

The following photo sequence is of East Beach at Port Fairy Victoria. The first sand fence was installed in November 2013 with the second in March 2014. The dune face was profiled, clad with jute mat and planted. The reference point in all images is Survey post 5. No sand has been transported by mechanical means to achieve this result.


Above. Installing the second fence after the first fence had acccreted a full load of sand.. Both 1.2m Beachmaster sand fences were installed at a point below the minimum beach level.


Above. After the storm of June 2014. Whilst the unprotected dune has receded, the area of dune behind the sand fence is wholly intact. The beach in the area of the sand fence is significantly higher and retains a better gradient than surrounding areas


Above. November 2015. The dune toe has re-established after the storm erosion of June 2014


Above. November 2018. The beach and dune have fully recovered.

If exposed again by storm erosion, the sand fence will once again begin its defensive roll.



Project by Moyne Shire Council

The site of a disused town nightsoil dump was threatened by the erosion of the dune for many years. Substantial eolian sand accretion occurs during the summer months only to be stripped away during winter storms. The erosion rate has been greater than the accretion rate,resulting in a receding dune which threatened to expose the old dump site.

Beachmaster® sand fence was selected to aid in the accretion and retention of sand accreted during the summer months and defend the sand account during the winter storms.

The origional fence, the top of which is visible between the toe of the the dune and the new fence was installed in November 2013. It was quickly buried to full depth by eolian deposits and it was decided to install a second fence before the winter to double the systems defensive capability.

The beach was excavated to its MEL (minimum eroded level) to install the second fence in late March 2014. The system consists of 2 x 200m 1.2m high Beachmaster® sand fences.

Port Fairy Night Soil Site, East Beach 27 June 2014


On 24 June 2014, the Victorian coast was hit by a 1 in 50 year storm event. A deep low with winds recorded at 129kph, a storm tide, and waves reaching 10 meters hit the Port Fairy Coast.

Unprotected areas of the coast experienced large sand losses.

The above image and the video below, taken 3 days after the storm show the toe of the dune and dune face behind the sand fence still intact.

  • The beach level in the immediate area of the second Beachmaster® sand fence has decreased by 30 - 40cm but is significantly higher than adjoining beach.
  • The beach gradient has been preserved, as has the dune toe (foredune) and there is little if any end effect.
  • The investment in profiling and vegetating the dune has been protected and the fence is intact and ready to accrete new sand and defend the dune and beach against the next storm.

Beach levels in the areas of untreated beach are substantially lower with sand being eroded from the upper beach and the dune face. Waves are advancing unimpeded to the toe of the eroded dune .

The video below shows the wave travelling right to the dune toe except in the area where the Beachmaster® sand fence has been installed.

Port Fairy Night Soil Dump,East Beach Wave Video