Works are undeway to restore the world famous surf spot known as the Kirra Groyne.
Works are undeway to restore the world famous surf spot known as the Kirra Groyne.

Red tape leads to delays bringing back the groyne

CONSTRUCTION of Kirra groyne is back on track after red tape saw the extension work ground to a halt for a few weeks.

But Gold Coast area councillor Chris Robbins said work continued on sourcing rock for the project throughout this down time and it was still on track for completion before the end of the year.

The council began work to restore the groyne in July but Queensland's Department of Environment and Heritage Protection then advised it needed further approvals.

It sent letters to stakeholders seeking their views which have seen been received allowing the work to resume.

"I'd describe it as a major hiccup over paperwork," Cr Robbins said.

"The last advice I had was it was on track."

Council is spending around $800,000 on reinstating 30 metres of rock removed from the groyne 18 years ago which has reduced the quality of waves at the iconic surfing break.

The reinstatement work will require about 4800 tonnes of rock initially, then a further 3600 tonnes to complete the project in the second phase which starts next month.

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