Dredged sand to go to Kingscliff

A DREDGE used to pump sand onto eroded Kingscliff beach was installed in Cudgen Creek yesterday.

Tweed Shire Council aimed to complete the project by early March, according to Natural Resource Management co-ordinator Jane Lofthouse.

“The council aims to get the sand pumping and rock toe construction done as fast as possible, to minimise the impact on the community,” Ms Lofthouse said.

“We have brought in the biggest dredge that can operate in the creek and pumping will take place throughout daylight hours, from 7am to around 7pm.

We hope it will be finished by the first week of March, before Kingscliff hosts the NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships.

“If not, the works will pause for three weeks and resume once the championships finish on 21 March.”

The council has announ-ced access to the creek will remain open, however security fencing will be erected in parts to keep people away from dangerous areas.

“Access to the creek will still be available – people will just need to be aware of where the dredge is,” Ms Lofthouse said.

“While the dredge will be near the boat ramp, there will be minimal impact on people wanting to use the ramp.”

The council has hired Maclean contractor National Dredging to pump 8000 cubic metres of sand from the creek bed, to restore the section of sand dunes along the coastline at Faulks Park.

Natural sand movement had restored a small amount of the sand between the Cudgen Creek northern rock wall and Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club in the past month, however a new rock toe and pumped sand should protect against future storm events and destructive waves.

The council received almost $600,000 in funding from the state government’s Natural Disaster Relief Program to restore the eroded beach.

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