Tweed Shire Council Natural Resources Management unit coordinator Jane Lofthouse, Environment Minister Rob Stokes and Geoff Provest checking out the erosion at Kingscliff.
Tweed Shire Council Natural Resources Management unit coordinator Jane Lofthouse, Environment Minister Rob Stokes and Geoff Provest checking out the erosion at Kingscliff. Liana Turner

Splitting the bill for seawall study

TWEED Shire Council has welcomed the State Government's announcement that it will split the bill for an integrated environmental impact study into the construction of a seawall at Kingscliff.

The study will assess the environmental impact of 500 metres of erosion protection at the Kingscliff foreshore.

Environment Minister Rob Stokes met with council representatives last Friday, when they announced the government would contribute $150,000 to the study.

"They're looking at a range of options of how best to protect this area of the coast," Mr Stokes said.

"There's been a clear decision with the community that these are public assets that need to be looked after and need to be protected in the long term, but we need to figure out the most ... efficient and cost-effective way of achieving that protection in a way that's going to be sustainable over the long term."

Tweed Shire Council will contribute another $150,000 to the study, which is expected to begin early next year.

Tweed Mayor Gary Bagnall said the shire had been "strugglingintr with the costs involved in erosion events on Kingscliff Beach".

The study is part of the $20.4-million Kingscliff Foreshore Protection and Revitalisation Project.



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