King tide hits with little damage

SOUTHERN Gold Coast and Tweed beaches avoided a hammering today with a king tide this morning being not as severe as expected.

Gold Coast City Council was expecting tides up to 1.7 metres this morning and had spent a month maintaining and preparing beaches.

A council spokesman said despite some washing away of sand at Nobby Beach, lifeguards had reported that damage on Gold Coast beaches was insignificant.

"The king tide was not as big as we expected. It was a bit short of the 1.7m," the spokesman said.

"We will be monitoring the beach for the next few high tides because this morning's tide was not as big."

Tweed Coast Holiday Parks executive manager Richard Adams said the erosion mitigation work at Kingscliff had stopped a lot of the damage from the king tide.

"Along with the fairly solid swell it did look spectacular with spray coming over the wall, but the wall held up well," Mr Adams said.

"The erosion cell is moving north and there is erosion around the bowls club area."

Kingscliff foreshore has slowly eroded away as sand is removed from the beach, however sand is building up to the south of the surf club and is expected to move north.

"There is a lot of sand there (south end of the beach) and it is moving north, but very slowly," Mr Adams said.

The next "king tide" is expected in winter (June 5) and is predicted to be the highest tide of the year at 1.9m on the Gold Coast.



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