River seawall to be restored

WORK is expected to start shortly on restoration work to repair the flood damaged seawall along the Richmond River, south of Riverside Drive.

NSW Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, made the announcement today during an inspection of Kingscliff Beach, where there have been erosion problems likely caused by a combination of natural sand movements resulting from weather patterns.

“Work will begin this month on the Richmond River seawall and be completed in November,” the Minister said.

“A total of $220,000 has been allocated for the work from the Natural Disaster Relief Scheme.

“I’m understand Tweed Shire Council lodged an application for similar funding for Kingscliff Beach late last week, which will now be assessed by the Government.

“The LPMA is in the process of completing a comprehensive review of environmental factors for the Richmond River project, as part of the requirements under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.”

A rock retaining wall was constructed in the 1970s to protect the shoreline and foreshore of the Richmond River south of Riverside Drive from erosion.

The foreshore consists of an unformed Crown public road, freehold properties and a council public reserve.

The wall was damaged by a flood in May last year.

Country Labor MLC for Tweed, Amanda Fazio, said affected residents would be informed by letter of the nature, extent, expected commencement date and anticipated duration of the proposed work.

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