Kingscliff Coast Guard commander John Purnell says more dredging is needed.
Kingscliff Coast Guard commander John Purnell says more dredging is needed. John Gass

Council defends limited dredging

DREDGING of Cudgen Creek earlier this year was to revive the heavily eroded Kingscliff Beach not to improve navigation in the creek, according to a Tweed Shire Council spokeswoman.

The council came under attack earlier in the week for not dredging enough in February to stop sand chocking the mouth of Cudgen Creek.

Kingscliff Coast Guard commander John Purnell said the council's dredging program should have continued to help open up the creek.

Mr Purnell said the amount of sand in the creek was the worst he had ever seen and it was impassable for boats on low tides.

A council spokeswoman said the primary goal of the dredging at Cudgen Creek was to move sand to the beach and not for navigation.

"There was also a very short time frame in which to complete the dredging prior to SLS titles," the spokeswoman said.

"Council had approval for a limited amount of dredging which was done in the most expedient way - being dredging an area adjacent to the boat ramp.

"It was expected that this would provide some assistance in removing sand around the boat ramp but was never intended to create a navigational channel to the mouth of the creek.

"The presence of rock throughout the base of Cudgen Creek makes creation of a navigational channel quite difficult."

The spokeswoman said the council was not proposing to undertake any dredging of Cudgen Creek in the short term.

"We will assess it as a potential for further beach nourishment as part of the overall beach management strategy," the spokeswoman said.



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