The big seas of the past few days chewed this chunk out of the shoreline at Woolgoolga.
The big seas of the past few days chewed this chunk out of the shoreline at Woolgoolga. Trevor Veale

Erosion a huge issue for Woolgoolga club

PART of a natural cycle or something we're going to have to learn to live with?

The jury is out on what's behind the current erosion of Coffs Coast beaches, but there is no denying the loss of sand is now having a major impact on the dune system.

At Woolgoolga's main beach the erosion is inching frighteningly close to the surf club building.

Council's manager of holiday parks and reserves Jason Bailey said in parts the scarps were around 2.5m high.

"Certainly there are higher scarps and much more erosion at Park Beach and Sawtell beaches but it is the encroachment on the surf club building that is making the situation at Woolgoolga more pressing," Mr Bailey said.

"It seems the rubble and concrete which was previously dumped in front of the club house has exacerbated the erosion elsewhere. It has made the water eddy and spiral more intensively and destructively.

Mr Bailey said temporary security measures were being put in place to safeguard beachgoers while allowing pedestrian access to the waterfront. "There are historical photographs showing the corner of the clubhouse dangling in the air, so this erosion is not unprecedented.

"Council is working with the surf club to come up with a long-term outcome for the future of the clubhouse."



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