The shallow beach in front of Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club in Kingscliff.
The shallow beach in front of Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club in Kingscliff. John Gass

The ocean gives...

VISIT the southern end of Kingscliff's northern beach and you would be forgiven for thinking the sand is on its way back.

Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club president Adam Mills said this was deceptive and erosion in front of the club had never been worse than just before the state lifesaving titles.

"Directly in front of the club the sand doesn't seem to be returning at all," Mr Mills said.

"In fact waves seem to be breaking on the wall and pulling more sand back out."

He said "sink holes" had been forming in the turf that remains in front of the club, above the retaining wall.

"The wall was built with a series of poles jammed into the bedrock.

"Since then gaps have appeared and water's got in behind and sucked sand from behind the wall.

"Prior to the state titles a council contractor injected concrete in behind the wall and sealed it. I think it's a permanent solution."

Mr Mills said in regard to sand built up against Cudgen Creek's walls "at low tide it appears there's a lot of sand".

He said the sand was vast, but shallow, and quickly immersed at high or especially king tide.

"During the titles, at high tide we had to build a sand bund in front of the race track.

"When the tide goes out it's a long walk to the water, but the sand has limited depth."

The erosion, which caused a three-way split of the competition between south and north Kings- cliff and Fingal Head, made the titles challenging to administer, Mr Mills said.

"But the competitors were happy with the way we managed it.

"I don't know where it will stop," he said in regard to the erosion.



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