Waves of change - Palm Beach Artificial Reef

Start time: 12:00pm AEST. Palm Beach is a four-kilometre stretch of coastline on the southern Gold Coast between Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks.
Waves of change - Palm Beach Artificial Reef


Palm Beach is a four-kilometre stretch of coastline on the southern Gold Coast between Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks. It is positioned more easterly than beaches further south which exposes the beach to higher wave energy as southerly swells are refracted around Currumbin Rock.

In order to enhance coastal protection along this vulnerable stretch of coastline, the City of Gold Coast recently delivered the Palm Beach Shoreline Project; an innovative project involving beach nourishment and construction of an artificial reef with the primary objective of enhancing coastal protection along with one of the city’s most vulnerable coastlines.

This presentation will focus on the design and construction of the reef as well as the ongoing monitoring program to assess the performance of the reef. The presentation will discuss the general principles of this guidance and present specific case studies (including the resident who woke up to Jellyfish in their lounge) where the various steps have been implemented together with key learnings from these and recommendations for practitioners.



Greg Britton

Technical Director, Royal HaskoningDHV

Chair, PIANC Australia & New Zealand

Greg has over 40 years professional experience in the investigation, design, documentation, planning, environmental assessment, and project management of coastal, estuary and maritime projects. He is also the Technical Director of Royal HaskoningDHV in Australia.


Dan Messiter DHV MIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ

Principal Coastal Engineer, Royal Haskoning

Dan has over 23 years’ experience in coastal, estuarine, port, ocean and environmental engineering. He has a Master’s Degree in Coastal Engineering. His expertise ranges from; coastal and metocean science and investigation, metocean design criteria, coastal planning and management, environmental impact assessment in the coastal zone, to coastal structures design and construction verification.


Evan Watterson

Principal Coastal Engineer, Director Bluecoast Consulting Engineers

Evan is a director of Bluecoast Consulting Engineers and coastal engineer with over fifteen years experience. He is a keen appreciator of the powerful connection between people and places. Evan enjoys seeking out innovative ways to investigate coastal environments and deliver quality technical work in pursue of functional outcomes for coastal communities and the places they love

31 / 05 / 2021 - 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
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31 / 05 / 2021 12:00 pm
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