Kingscliff Erosion- 11 year old Surfer Karl Brinsmead at the site of the erosion
Kingscliff Erosion- 11 year old Surfer Karl Brinsmead at the site of the erosion Blainey Woodham

Kingscliff erosion back with bang

EROSION at Kingscliff Beach has returned with a vengeance, washing away 30m of sand over the weekend.

Kingscliff Coastguard commander John Purnell said the waves were almost lapping at their door.

"The rock wall is all that's saving us at the moment," Mr Purnell said.

"The water's right up to that."

Mr Purnell said about 30m of sand, stretching 50m along the beach, has disappeared.

"The erosion level's nearly back up to where it was last time, where the road crumpled away," he said. "There's a six or seven foot sand cliff and it's getting worse.

"It's happened over the past two or three days. It's just disgusting to look at."

Tweed Shire Council last year received more than half a million dollars in disaster funding for restoration projects, which began in late January.

"It was a nice, big, long beach for the state championships but there's nothing there anymore," Mr Purnell said.

"All that work and money was just a Band-aid."

Mr Purnell said the tide had eroded all the sand pumped from the Cudgen Creek and a king tide would do more damage.

"It's hard to say what the solution is but if they'd finished that dredging off properly in the first place this might have been different.

"There's a little channel in the creek for boats but a lot more could have come out."

The council's community and natural resources director David Oxenham said officers had continued to monitor Kingscliff Beach in recent weeks and had responded to an acceleration of tidal erosion during the past fortnight.

"Remedial work had been undertaken, planting vegetation and erecting fences, to stabilise the dunes since the beach nourishment program in February and March," Mr Oxenham said.

"This remedial work could be modified to address the increased erosion during the last two weeks."



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