Erosion won't stop surf titles

EROSION has long been an issue at Kingscliff Beach, but despite the problems the beach is set to host the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships again next year.

Byron Bay's Main Beach is listed as an emergency venue, but it is highly unlikely any events will be moved for the state age championships from March 2-4 and the open championships from March 9-11.

Spring high tides and swell have led to sand being swept away at Kingscliff.

But in June the Tweed Shire Council carried out works on the beachfront, with the council and the Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust committing funds for a 70-metre wall of sandbags in front of the Kingscliff Beach and Holiday Park.

The council has also embarked on a long-term strategy of nourishing the beach with sand extracted from the Tweed River downstream of Barneys Point Bridge.

The aim is to put another 300,000 cubic metres of sand on the beach.

Next week, Surf Life Saving NSW, the Tweed Shire Council and Cudgen Headland SLSC will meet to discuss the erosion issues at Kingscliff, but a council spokeswoman is confident no events next year will be moved.

"Byron Bay is listed as an emergency venue but unless there's a real crisis like a cyclone, that beach will not host any State Championship events," she said.



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