Funds available for Kirra

WORK to move large amounts of sand from Kirra Beach could begin in July, following allocation of money from both sides of the border in state budgets this week.

Kirra Point Committee chairman Wayne Deane yesterday said negotiations were ongoing with the Gold Coast City Council to determine what to do with $1.5 million from the Queensland Government, which was an election promise in the wake of the Save Kirra Australia Day paddle-out.

“We are in the process at the moment of working out with the council where the money allocated in the budget will be spent and what it is going to be spent on,” Mr Deane said.

New South Wales has allocated $5.5 million for the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project in its budget, but Mr Deane admitted KPC was not yet aware of what that money was for. Queensland's money will most probably be spent on physically moving about 35,000 cubic metres of sand, and Mr Deane said where it would go was the subject of ongoing discussions.

He said a possibility could be to create sand dunes in the “low area” near the Miles Street groyne and Coolangatta Creek at North Kirra, where ponds appear after rain.

Mr Deane also said sand could be pushed from near the surf club back towards the point, to get it moving towards the outer shoals.

But $1.5 million would not be enough to bring back Kirra's world- famous wave, he said.

“The preliminary works take place in July sometime. We are negotiating with the State Government to try to get more funding to get a long-term fix for the problem.”

He acknowledged that bringing back Kirra would take a while, considering the economic climate and recent storm erosion suffered by many other Gold Coast beaches.

Meanwhile, those same storms have left surfers without a world-class break in Coolangatta Bay.

Kirra is still a shadow and the “Superbank” has temporarily gone.

Mr Deane said big swell events like the ones experienced this year always pushed sand banks out wide, and depending on the speed of sand pumping, it would take two to three months before enough sand came around the point to improve the breaks.



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