Nature healing beach damage
THE sand is coming back.
Nearly six months after the May 21 storm which ravaged the region, the sand is returning to Shelly Beach in Ballina.
The wild weather, with its big seas, battered the coast eroding sand from the southern end of the beach, exposing the rock platform.
Thousands of tonnes of sand were ripped from the region’s coastline during the storm, leaving steep banks in the dune systems.
At the time, Bill Boyd, Professor of Geography at Southern Cross University’s School of Environmental Science and Management, said erosion was a normal process for beaches and might take several years for the beaches to fully recover after the major storm event.
Beach-goers can now see the beginnings of that recovery as the sand returns to Shelly Beach, covering the rocks once again.
However, the erosion damage to Shelly Beach caused the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club to make the decision to move the main patrol for this surf season back to Lighthouse Beach, the former home of the club.
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