Dangerous: The public risks injury if they do not observe safety signs at Kingscliff Beach.
Dangerous: The public risks injury if they do not observe safety signs at Kingscliff Beach. Blainey Woodham

Erosion puts Tweed lives at risk

KINGSCLIFF Coast Guard commander John Purnell says curious Tweed residents are risking their lives to get a close look at radical erosion occurring on Kingscliff Beach.

He said he was disappointed with the number of people who tempted fate by ignoring warning signs.

“We've had people swimming down there in the past, but not in a while now,” commander Purnell said.

“There are a lot of idiots on jet skis trying to check what is going on as well.

“It's certainly getting worse out there and people are ignoring council warning signs in order to get a closer look. It's a big risk to their health and safety.”

Commander Purnell said he was pleased with Tweed Shire Council workers who were working to prevent further erosion.

“It's a shame it's happening, but it's nature,” he said.

“I could go blaming the Council, but they're doing the best they can with what they've got.”

Council's natural resources co-ordinator manager Jane Lofthouse this week confirmed a limited amount of dredging in Cudgen Creek would happen in the coming weeks to help “speed up” the return of sand to the eroded beach.

An application is also being considered by NSW Lands Minister Tony Kelly to use 250,000 cubic metres of sands from the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project to replenish the beach.



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