Provest plans erosion talks
TWEED MP Geoff Provest will meet State Government ministers next week to discuss funding to fix erosion at Kingscliff.
Over the next fortnight Tweed Shire Council will spend $400,000 to sandbag in front of Cudgen Headland SLSC and the caravan park in an effort to stop them falling into the sea.
“But these are only temporary measures,” Mayor Kevin Skinner told the Daily News.
Yesterday Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot and Labor Duty MLC for the area Walt Secord called on Mr Provest to get the State Government to declare Kingscliff a natural disaster zone.
“This is a state issue – I can’t be both the state and federal members at once,” Ms Elliot said at the press conference outside the club.
“We need the state to declare this a natural disaster zone to get the proper funding to fix the erosion for good.”
Ms Elliot and Mr Secord called on Mr Provest to “pick up the phone and call Barry O’Farrell and get the funds immediately”.
When the Daily News contacted Mr Provest he said he had already made enquiries and acknowledged it was up to the state to get disaster funding.
“I have spoken to both (State Environment minister) Robyn Parker and (Minister for Primary Industry) Katrina Hodgkinson and will be in talks next week,” he said.
Mr Provest said he had made plans for “a series of meetings next week with ministers” but would not be doing anything before then.
Cr Skinner said a king tide was expected to hit Kingscliff again over the weekend.
“Of course we would love nothing more than to get natural-disaster funding, but I understand that the whole east coast is suffering right now,” Cr Skinner said.
“Cr Skinner said he had spoken to Mr Provest and Ms Elliot about the erosion and they had been “as supportive as they can be”.
In a media release from Mr Provest in June he said “under an agreement with the Commonwealth, the NSW Government pays the first $119.7 million of all natural-disaster costs in each year.”
“The Commonwealth matches NSW expenditure for costs between $119.7 million and $209.5 million and beyond that pays for three-quarters of all costs.”
At time of press comment was being sought from Ms Parker as to whether Kingscliff would qualify for the funding.