Plans to dredge Tweed River mouth to make it safer

Peter Bolic from Sea Master Fishing Charters is all for the sand dredging of the Tweed bar.
Peter Bolic from Sea Master Fishing Charters is all for the sand dredging of the Tweed bar. Blainey Woodham

THE NSW and Queensland State Governments have released a report which outlines options to make the mouth of the Tweed River safer.

The aim is to establish and maintain a safe navigable entrance to the Tweed River through dredging the river mouth and the payoff for Queensland will be sand from the river for its Gold Coast beaches.

The intergovernmental Working Group chairperson Alison Stone said talks were undertaken to determine public attitudes on both sides of the Tweed River.

Tweed Sea Master Fishing Charters skipper Peter Bolic said a dredging of the mouth of the river was overdue.

"It's too shallow and very dangerous to navigate," he said.

"They haven't done it for a couple of years and it's really long overdue."

With 16 years operating on Tweed waters, Mr Bolic said he'd seen incidents caused by the clogged mouth.

"The outgoing tide lifts it up and the waves stand up," he said.

"A few months back a boat worth $50,000 flipped over.

"The sooner it's dredged the better.

"We welcome it with both arms."

The aim of the study was to find a way to provide a continuing supply of sand to the southern Gold Coast beaches consistent with natural drift rates, together with such additional sand needed to restore the long-term depleted beaches.

Ms Stone said the next stage was to purse two of four options considered.

They plan to dispose dredged sand at deep water locations offshore between Point Danger and Coolangatta and occasionally along Bilinga and Tugun beaches.

They're also investigating back passing to deliver some sand to the south of the Tweed River entrance at northern Letitia Beach.

"The Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project has made the river entrance safer to navigate and delivered sand to several southern Gold Coast beach and it's important we build on the experience aimed through a decade of operation and get the next stage of the project right," she said.

Mrs Stone said it was clear there was community concern about some of the proposed sand disposal methods and they would take them on board and speak with experts before commencing anything.

"In addition, the Governments have determined that they are agreeable to the Tweed Shire Council investigating the option of removing sand from the Tweed River and placing it at Kingscliff to offset erosion after there were no objections raised during public consultation," Ms Stone said.

"We will keep the public informed as investigations proceed."

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