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Fingal Rovers Surf Club on the precipice of destruction

SINCE My Daily News reported on the serious safety risk at Fingal Beach following high tides that have cut away the access point to the beach, a king tide last night has added to the risk.

A severe drop with breaking edges is openly accessible to children and residents are deeply concerned that an accident will happen before access is barred for safety reasons.

A makeshift danger sign and barricade has fallen down.

"I'm really worried that a kid could break their neck if they fall from the edge or the edge caves in," resident Celia Wise said.

"It's very dangerous."

Celia Wise at fingal beach with some bad erosion.
Celia Wise at fingal beach with some bad erosion. John Gass

The Fingal Rovers Surf Club Committee met yesterday to discuss an evacuation plan for the club, as the erosion creeps further into the 20 metre mark and the clubhouse now lies in the middle of the erosion hazard line.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland said yesterday the situation was a worry.

He told My Daily News he would be viewing the site.

He was unavailable for comment this morning, but My Daily News will continue to contact him for his feedback on the situation.

Kingscliff Beach was also hit hard last night.

The southern end was once "a pretty little sand beach," according to resident Frank Camp.

Large rocks placed on the small beach to counteract erosion have "spoilt the look of the beach,' he said.

"The waves have come up over and eaten away behind the rocks," he said.

Two iconic pandanus trees are at risk of falling into the sea.

"If they go, it will be completely bare," Mr Camp said.

"Heaps of big trees have been washed into the sea on the northern end."

"It's pretty bad."

Topics:  barry longland, fingal beach, fingal rovers surf club, king tide, tweed shire council



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