The new bathing boxes at the southern end of Dendy Street Beach are built above the high tide line to fill in gaps between existing bathing boxes.
The Dendy Street Beach Masterplan 2013 includes six new bathing boxes at the southern end of the bathing box precinct above the high tide line. To date, five new bathing boxes have been built, with one additional bathing box planned to be built later in 2019.
Bathing boxes were historically located all along the beach. The new bathing boxes are positioned in gaps in the line of existing bathing boxes. The boxes were moved from the front of the beach to the back of the beach many years ago in order to provide more protection from tides.
Under the terms of their licence agreements, bathing box owners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their boxes.
Council is currently harvesting sand at the northern end of Dendy Street beach to create a low sandbag wall to protect delicate coastal dunes behind the beach. This sand was temporarily stored between bathing boxes. Recent high tides and storm events have washed some of this sand away.
As the beach is a natural coastal environment, high tides and storm surges may impact the bathing boxes.