Boulders dumped to rebuild famous Kirra Groyne
WORK has begun today on the Kirra groyne extension, Gold Coast City Council Mayor Tom Tate was onsite to see the first of many boulders craned into place at the iconic surf break.
"As well as being a unique and beautiful part of our landscape, our beaches are a huge economic driver for our city," Mr Tate said.
"The surfing industry alone is worth over $3 billion to our local economy".
Project Kirra, as council has named the works, will involve the placement of specialist rock materials, the same rock originally used to construct the groyne back in 1972.
The reinstatement work will require approximately 4800 tonnes of rock initially, then a further 3600 tonnes to complete the project in the second phase.
Approximately 30 metres needs to be added to the existing structure to bring it to its original length.
The council will spend about $800,000 on restoring the groyne to its former glory of the 80's and 90's, when long, perfect barreling waves could be had in most swell conditions.
Despite showers this morning, work was able to begin on the project, which should be complete by late 2014.