Surf Life Saving NSW needed more money to help run the upcoming state championships at Kingscliff across three venues due to erosion problems.
Surf Life Saving NSW needed more money to help run the upcoming state championships at Kingscliff across three venues due to erosion problems. Scott Powick

Erosion creates funding hole

SURF Life Saving NSW has asked Tweed Shire Council for more financial support to stage the state championships, with costs increasing due to the erosion on Kingscliff Beach.

Organisers of the NSW Surf Life Saving State Championship will be forced to relocate some events because erosion made it impossible to hold events near the surf club.

Tweed Shire Council has made an additional contribution of $20,000 in in-kind support taking its total contribution to $80,000.

A council spokesman said the support was for more shuttle buses and drivers to get competitors and officials around the various venues.

The state championships will be help at three locations this year.

Beach events are at the southern end of Kingscliff Beach where sand had built up over recent months.

The board events are at the northern end of the beach and the boating events at south Fingal Beach.

Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club president Adam Mills said the costs had increased because of the work needed to the beach.

"We had to upgrade the access tracks because the current tracks weren't usable in their current form," Mr Mills said.

Mr Mills said the club was still looking for more volunteers in the lead up and during the championships.

"With the inclusion of the third area (Fingal South) it really stretches the workforce," he said.

"We need more volunteers for the senior events (March 9-11)."

The 2012 Surf Life Saving Championships start on March 3 with junior events.



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