Not enough beach for championships

Peter Langley and Lisa Pernell, members of Kingscliff Dune Care, inspect fallen pandanus palms on badly eroded Kingscliff Beach.
Peter Langley and Lisa Pernell, members of Kingscliff Dune Care, inspect fallen pandanus palms on badly eroded Kingscliff Beach. Crystal Spencer

FEARS that Kingscliff Beach will not be fit to host next year’s NSW Surf Life Saving Championships have prompted Tweed Shire Council to consider pumping sand from Kirra.

High tides have eroded the popular beach strip, creating a washout which stretches 100 metres along the beach, Kingscliff Dune Care member Peter Langley said.

“The hole’s moving north and it could finish up in front of the (Cudgen) surf club when it holds the titles,” Mr Langley said.

Tweed mayor Warren Polglase said council had been aware of the sand problem ‘for some time’.

“We’re looking at letting a contractor pump sand into the beach,” Cr Polglase said.

He said the issue had been under the spotlight sincebefore the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club was chosen to host the 2011 and 2012 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

“With the titles coming up in 2011, we want our place looking schmick,” Cr Polglase said.

“We’re hoping to be able to address this issue in the next 12 months.”

Mr Langley believed dredging Cudgen Creek and dumping the sand on the beach would create a solution to two problems.

“The creek’s full of sand – it’s too shallow,” he said.

“It’s easy to dredge it.”

However, Cr Polglase said there was not enough sand in Cudgen Creek.

“We need 240,000 cubic metres of sand and there’s only 30,000 or 40,000 in the creek,” he said.

“It would be very uneconomical – it becomes too expensive.”

Cr Polglase said they were considering pumping sand from Kirra Beach.

“That is the ideal source for sand to come from,” he said.

“It has sufficient sand.”

Cr Polglase said the idea was still being considered and they were yet to contact the Queensland Government.

“It may not be achievable. We would pump it through pipes – it’s not an impossibility,” he said.

Mr Langley said the waves had also washed away several pandanus palms from the beach’s foreshore.

“They’ve done their job by protecting the town, even if they’ve fallen in,” he said.

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