Plan lodged to halt beach erosion
COUNCIL officers have finally lodged an urgent application with the NSW Government for disaster funds to try to halt erosion on Kingscliff beach.
A council spokeswoman yesterday confirmed the application for natural disaster funding had been lodged late last week after councillors called for urgent action in gaining government help for up to $10 million worth of work on the beach at their August council meeting.
The spokesperson said officers would also meet on site with gov-ernment officials from the Department of Services, Technology and Administration (previously the Department of Commerce) later this week while the application made its way through the NSW Department of Treasury.
“It's out of council's hands but we are doing everything we can to fast-track it,” the council spokes-woman said.
Late last week the delay of more than a fortnight in applying for the funding was explained by council general manager Mike Rayner as necessary to ensure the application's success.
Mr Rayner said history had shown the application would be processed more quickly and have more chance of success if it was “comprehensive and accurate”.
He said it needed to withstand Treasury scrutiny.
“The lodging of the paperwork is the end of the process, not the start,” Mr Rayner said.
He added that staff had spent the previous two weeks getting data from various agencies to back up the council's argument that the erosion was a result of the declared natural disaster event of May 2009.