Kirra restoration tipped to start

THE second stage of the Kirra restoration project could start as soon as this month.

The $1.5 million project to bring back Kirra’s famous wave started in July, when 20,000 cubic metres of sand was moved as part of stage one.

Originally, Gold Coast City Council intended to move 200,000cu/m of sand from the beach, but the Queensland Government stalled stage two because it said storms in May this year removed a large amount of sand. Discussions have been under way for months on how stage two would progress.

Kirra Point Incorporated (KPI) spokesperson Andy McKinnon said stage two was “almost there”.

“It is finally getting very close after a lot of talk all year about what is going on,” Mr McKinnon said.

Stage two is now expected to involve the movement of sand from the intertidal zone to create a 1.5-metre dune system from Miles Street, stretching west until about 20 metres from the Coolangatta Creek outfall.

Work could start this month and KPI hope it is finished by Australia Day at the latest.

The Queensland Government allocated $1.5 million in the wake of the Australia Day Paddle Out.



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