Heavy seas batter the coastline at Duranbah Beach.
Heavy seas batter the coastline at Duranbah Beach. John Gass

No word on Kingscliff beach erosion

WILD weather yesterday forced the closure of Tweed's only permanently patrolled beach at Salt, south of Kingscliff, while waves and a huge swell continued to rip into the sand, especially at Kingscliff beach.

But despite Tweed Shire Council voting more than two months ago to seek urgent government funding to combat the Kingscliff erosion, council staff and Tweed mayor Kevin Skinner yesterday said they had still received no official answer to their urgent plea.

“The application has been put in there. We just haven't heard back yet,” said Cr Skinner, who pushed for urgent action to save the beach with erosion already claiming trees and an access road.

“We are looking fairly positive. We just haven't got it yet,” he added.

A council spokesperson said staff had “no news on the erosion funding except that it has progressed through to (NSW) Treasury”.

Northern Rivers Lifeguard coordinator Scott McCartney from Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), which provides contract lifeguards for the council and Salt south of Kingscliff, urged surfers to stay out of the water.

While SLSA only provides lifeguards at Salt, that beach had been closed and all Tweed surf is dangerous.



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