Council may face erosion compo
SOME Tweed property owners may need individually-negotiated compensation for the effects of coastal erosion despite careful council planning, Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner warned.
Cr Skinner, who has returned from a three-day conference of coastal councils in the Victorian town of Torquay, said the Tweed was better placed than most in planning for rising sea levels, floods and erosion.
While the conference heard various proposals for compensating owners of property at risk of coastal erosion, Cr Skinner said only a relatively small number of Tweed properties were at risk, mainly at Kingscliff.
He said the main effect would stem from rules restricting redevelopment, which might require compensation such as relaxing building restrictions.
“Some parts of Kingscliff would be under threat if the 100-year erosion line was achieved, but they are back behind the 50-year line,” Cr Skinner said.
“The main people that will need some clear direction are those in Murphy’s Rd, Kingscliff. Although they are set back a long distance from the surf line, the 100-year line cuts through their properties.”
He said if those owners wanted to redevelop, new buildings would need to be behind the 100-year line, but the council may compensate “by allowing a higher floor-space ratio”.
“Where they have only been able to build a two-storey home, in view of the fact they might lose 25 metres of their land we may allow a three-storey home. But also that may not be the case,” he said.