Waves slamming into tip of the south wall at Ballina. Photo: Patrick Gorbunovs
Waves slamming into tip of the south wall at Ballina. Photo: Patrick Gorbunovs

Northern Rivers beaches closed by debris

BEACHES have been closed as debris from recent floods and rough surf has made many unsafe for swimming.

Far North Coast Surf Life Saving emergency services coordinator Jimmy Keough said Ballina Lighthouse Beach, Evans Head Beach and Yamba Beach had been shut, while club events at those and other beaches were cancelled or postponed at the weekend.

He expected Ballina and Evans Head to re-open early this week but said Yamba was likely to stay closed for "a durational period of time".

"A lot of debris from farms and other places has been washed into the water from flooding in the Clarence River," he said.

He urged people to take care while swimming at North Coast beaches this week.

"People should only swim at patrolled beaches because the conditions are dangerous and there's decreasing water clarity. The repercussions may be health related," he said.

Further north on Saturday, members of Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club were busy cleaning up five tonnes of sand which had been blown onto grass in front of the surf club by strong winds earlier in the week. "We've had to spread the sand out over the grass so it doesn't all come into the surf club," club president Craig Reid said.



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