Chris Dobney & Luis Feliu
A recent grant of $100,000 by the state government to help Tweed Shire prepare protection plans for its foreshore is welcome, but the council will need much more money to secure its beaches from erosion, the council’s natural resource spokeswoman Jane Lofthouse told local media this morning.
Yesterday environment minister Robyn Parker announced that Tweed would receive $25,000 to update information on coastal hazards in line with predicted sea-level rise and $75,000 to review coastal zone management strategies and action in light of the coastal erosion at Kingscliff over the last two years.
The grant was the most generous of the almost $900,000 handed to coastal shires to help them with planning to cope with erosion and sea level rise. By comparison, Byron Shire received just $25,000 and Ballina received nothing.
But Ms Lofthouse said much more will be required if council is to be able to hold back erosion at Kingscliff.
‘If we go down the track of protection of the foreshore, council doesn’t have enough money to do that on its own and we would be asking for state and probably federal assistance,’ she said.
Last Tuesday at an extraordinary meeting, councillors voted to spend $238,392 for 6,300 tonnes of rocks to build an extension of the existing wall in front of the surf club.
The wall is to protect the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park – where a big slice of dunal land was lost to recent erosion and several cabins had to be relocated – and join up with the wall in front of the Kingscliff Bowls Club.
The money will come from Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserves Trust income. The project is expected to cost $469,734 in total.