Waiting for right moment

THE pumping of 40,000 cubic metres of sand onto eroded Duranbah Beach could begin as soon as tomorrow.

The New South Wales Department of Lands this week said timing for the delivery of sands depends on direction of the swell.

A south-easterly swell, which may begin tomorrow or Saturday, is required to transport sand along the beach from the south into the jetty area.

Department of Lands spokesman John McClymont said nothing can be done until then.

“There is little sand moving into the jetty area, and therefore no pumping to Duranbah Beach at present,” Mr McClymont said.

Earlier this month a meeting held on Duranbah Beach between sand bypass project manager Ian Taylor, and rep- resentatives from Tweed Shire Council and Kirra Point Committee resulted in a decision to pump excess sand to where it was needed most.

Weeks of wild weather and massive swells left the beach ravaged and in need of a fill-up.

Although the sand pump is part of a scheduled twice-yearly fill-up, the 40,000 cubic metres is double the amount needed in recent years.

Duranbah Beach is directly affected by the sand bypass project because mainten- ance of a deeper Tweed River entrance means not as much sand moves across to replenish the beach.

An agreement between the Queensland and New South Wales governments provides nearly 10 per cent of the total sand to be discharged onto Duranbah Beach in accord- ance with a nourishment plan developed with the Tweed Shire Council.



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