Kingscliff seawall study funded

NSW environment minister Rob Stokes and Tweed MP Geoff Provest inspect erosion at Kingscliff with Tweed Shire Council's Jane Lofthouse. Photo supplied

NSW environment minister Rob Stokes and Tweed MP Geoff Provest inspect erosion at Kingscliff with Tweed Shire Council’s Jane Lofthouse. Photo supplied

Kingscliff’s erosion-battered beachfront is set to be further protected under a plan to build a half-kilometre rock seawall and replenish the beach with imported sand.

On Friday, state environment minister Rob Stokes and Tweed Shire Council announced they would share the cost of a $300,000 environmental-impact study to pave the way for the erosion protection along a 500-metre length of the foreshore.

Mr Stokes and Tweed MP Geoff Provest met with Tweed shire councillors and senior council staff on Friday at Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club to discuss the study and works.

Tweed mayor Gary Bagnall said Tweed shire had been struggling with the costs involved with dealing with the erosion on Kingscliff beach and that ‘it should be encouraging to the people of Kingscliff that a minister came to look over things himself’.

Cr Bagnall said it was the second day in a row that Mr Stokes ‘made a generous grant to help us deal with erosion in our shire’, referring to a $50,000 grant to undertake riverbank erosion stabilisation near Murwillumbah.

Mr Stokes said Kingscliff Beach and foreshore have significant regional, economic, recreational, cultural and social values.

‘I really want to applaud Tweed Shire Council on its integrated approach on this section of coast,’ he said.

‘Here at Kingscliff, the community believes these community assets are very important. How do we protect the key public assets on the foreshore and also the things that people love about Kingscliff?

‘It is important to carefully consider all the options for management at this site, to ensure the desired long-term outcomes will be achieved when works begin,’ Mr Stokes said.

Council’s natural resource management unit co-ordinator Jane Lofthouse said the study was an important step in key elements of the Kingscliff Foreshore Protection and Revitalisation Project, which includes a three-stage, $20.4 million upgrade of the Kingscliff foreshore.

Key elements of the plan include: construction of a seawall to protect the beach and nearby facilities and replenish sand supplies on the beach; upgrading Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park to boost its profitability and reduce its size to create open space for a Kingscliff Central Park; and creating Kingscliff Central Park, including a refurbishment of the Kingscliff amenities hall.

Ms Lofthouse said ‘these key community developments require protection of public assets from the immediate coastal erosion hazard before they can be realised, as well as substantial funding from other sources’.

Council last Thursday submitted its application for funding for the revitalisation project through the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund for which successful projects will be announced in May 2015.

Two years ago, contractors built a 260-metre long rock wall north of the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, costing almost half a million dollars, in time for the NSW surf lifesaving titles held there.

The extension of the existing wall in front of the surf club helps protect the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park, where a big slice of dunal land has been lost to recent erosion and several cabins had to be relocated.

3 responses to “Kingscliff seawall study funded”

  1. Graco says:

    The natural flow of sand is north along our coastline from beyond Byron to Fraser Island . No amount of money , walls or dredging is going to change that and it’s obvious very few people understand that principal . The sand bypass pumping station next to the mouth of the Tweed river is a shinning example of how to solve one problem by creating another . Millions of cubic meters of sand has been pumped onto Snapper , Rainbow , Greenmount , Kirra and beyond . So much sand at times it’s more like a desert than a beach . That sand has too and does come from somewhere . Firstly it was Fingal that suffered unprecedented erosion closely followed by Kingscliff . Millions of taxpayer dollars spent , highly payed engineers scurrying about , top echelons of council and local politicians involved and none of you can work it out ?

  2. David Field says:

    Dear Echo
    I hope the announced Environmental Impact study for Kingscliff foreshore will look at the relationship between the 2009 narrowing of the stream to build the footbridge and the erosion episodes which began (coincidentally?) with the completion of the footbridge.
    I would have thought dredging the Creek and freeing the sand trapped there would nourish the beach more effectively than trucking in sand.

  3. I find that fascinating to read as to what Minister Stokes said.
    Yet he is quite happy for Old Bar further down the coast to vanish into the Ocean.

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