Rex Budd at Fingal Beach with the erosion.
Rex Budd at Fingal Beach with the erosion. John Gass

Fingal Rovers Surf Club crisis averted

WORK carried out on the beach front at Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday by Tweed Shire Council returned seven metres of sand averting the immediate crisis surrounding the building.

But Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club vice president Rex Budd said the club would remain closed for now despite the distance between the building and the shoreline having been increased from 10 metres to 17m by the work.

Council also created a walking track to the beach to temporarily replace the normal access that has been blocked off to protect the public.

Mr Budd said council's work had held up well overnight with just a tiny bit of erosion at the base of the sand dune in front of the club.

During Monday night's king-tide alone 1.5m was lost from the sand dune which had been in a precarious state for around three weeks.

Mr Budd said while the worst of the king-tides had passed they would have to closely watch the wave situation to ensure heavy seas didn't undo council's work.

"The only complication we've got now is there's an east coast low forming off the coast that normally comes with big waves," he said.

Mr Budd said they were very grateful to council for the work carried out on what is the worst erosion in living memory.

"I'd be very surprised if we can find someone whose seen it (shoreline) back further," Mr Budd said.



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