DAMAGE: One of the eroded tracks at New Brighton Beach
DAMAGE: One of the eroded tracks at New Brighton Beach

Beaches lose up to 3m of sand after king tides

BYRON Bay Beaches continue to cop a battering with South Golden and New Brighton beaches losing up to 3m of sand with the recent king tides and large ocean swells.

Beach accesses in South Golden Beach at Pacific Avenue, Peter, Helen and Robin Streets are all closed. Gloria Street beach access is open.

Byron Shire Council's executive manager of community infrastructure, Phil Holloway, said the beaches in the north of the shire had been significantly impacted from the high tides and large ocean swells over the past week.

"The three viewing platforms at Peter, Helen and Robin Streets are now very close to the dunal escarpment and will be removed over the coming days.

"The timber will be carefully stored at the council works depot until such time that they can be safely rebuilt."

Just over a month ago, council removed the viewing platform at Gloria Street in South Golden Beach due to coastal erosion.

Mr Holloway said the recent weather, tides and ocean swells have meant that the beaches have not had time to replenish.

"There is simply not enough sand present to be able to reinstate the beach accesses.

"When some sand has returned, staff will be able to get in and build better walking gradients for beach accesses," he said.

Signage and barricades at the closed beaches have been put in place.

However, Mr Holloway noted, despite signage and obvious damage to the beach accesses, people are removing the barricades, ignoring the signs and climbing down the eroded beach escarpments.

"The coastal dunes are very water logged and prone to collapsing. It is not worth putting yourself or others at risk should the dune suddenly collapse as you are climbing down," Mr Holloway said.

Residents are urged to take notice of all beach signage and barriers, and not remove them.

Further down the coast at New Brighton, beach accesses are closed at Strand Avenue, Pacific and Dolphin Streets. Park Street, Ocean Avenue and North Head Road at New Brighton are open.

At Suffolk Park, Jarman and Wareham Streets are closed and all other beach accesses in the area should be used with caution.

At Belongil Beach, the Manfred Street beach access remains closed whilst Don and Borders Streets are open but should be used with caution.



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