TURNING TIDES: Brian Vickery from Cudgen Surf Lifesaving Club is happy with the work that has been done to help reduce erosion at Kingscliff.
TURNING TIDES: Brian Vickery from Cudgen Surf Lifesaving Club is happy with the work that has been done to help reduce erosion at Kingscliff.

Beach returns to Kingscliff as erosion worries fade

KINGSCLIFF Beach is certainly back in business and no-one could be happier than Andrew Illingsworth of Tweed Coast Holiday Parks.

"The visitors to the area are very happy that the sand is back and stabilised ... and that people were able to enjoy the beach and the improved access.

"At its worst though, some beach front cabins had to be removed from the Kingscliff Beach holiday park," he said.

Mr Mills said patrols had now returned to beaches and no further trees have been lost due to erosion.

Weather patterns through 2010 to 2012 saw extreme erosion to Kingscliff beaches and Kingsliff Surf Club president Andrew Mills said it wasn't that long ago that water was lapping against the club.

Jane Lofthouse, the council's coordinator of natural resource management, said while the council undertook foreshore works, the solution was Mother Nature.

"It really came back by itself due to normal weather patterns," Ms Lofthouse said.

A recent Tweed coastal hazards assessment looked at the entire Tweed Coast and found that the extreme erosion was part of a La Nina weather pattern, something that is anticipated to return at some point in the future. "Basically the erosion at Kingscliff is more variable than was previously thought."

Following the release of the report, Ms Lofthouse said the next consideration was to develop a coastal development plan for Kingsliff.She said community participation will be encouraged.



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