Sand sculptures help beach

TWO months ago you couldn't build a sand castle in front of the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club. Now there's a sand sculpture wonderland.

Byron Bay sand sculpture artist Dan Eyles transformed 10 tonnes of sand into sea creatures to help the erosion-plagued club.

“I saw a sign in front of the club that said they needed 85 cents a sandbag, so I decided to create the sculptures to help them out,” Mr Eyles said.

“There are three dolphins, an octopus, a whale, mermaid and turtle. They took about 16 hours.”

The sculptures were created on Tuesday for the club's Australia Day celebrations.

“A lot of kids and older people stopped to have a chat as we were building them,” Mr Eyles said.

“The dolphins are about life-size and the whale is the size of a baby whale.

“We sprayed them with PVA so they would hold.”

Club chairman David Field yesterday said the sculptures were still standing.

“They look great,” Mr Field said.

“They've been seen by a couple of hundred people.”

Mr Field said the truckload of sand was just one measure Tweed Shire Council was taking to help restore Kingscliff Beach.

“Council is about to start pumping from Cudgen Creek onto the beach.

“The sand is slowly coming back.”

The club will host the State Surf Lifesaving Championships in March.

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