Nambucca Heads surf lifesavers Greg and Hannah Iredale stand near the failing retaining wall.
Nambucca Heads surf lifesavers Greg and Hannah Iredale stand near the failing retaining wall. Gemima Harvey

Funding an option to battle erosion

COUNCILLORS will consider a $40,000 funding lifeline to address erosion at Nambucca Heads Main Beach at tomorrow’s meeting.

Surf lifesavers have been battling to get their equipment up and down the steep ledge after losing their ramp to the tide.

Nambucca Heads SLSC member Jane Morrison said last fortnight the erosion left a drop of nearly two metres, making it difficult to guide the inflatable rescue boat down to the water.

“It was a struggle to get the rescue boat down the ledge after the big summer swells and high tides. Parts of the retaining wall collapsed and 11 cement blocks have been covered by sand.”

While Mother Nature has generously replenished some sand, it is a long-standing battle and patrol captain Greg Iredale says their ramp keeps getting washed away.

“Council has put three loads of road mix in over the last eight weeks and we are hopeful a retaining wall would help keep it in place,” Mr Iredale said.

The council’s director of engineering services, Paul Gallagher, said a committee had inspected the site and recommended $40,000 be dedicated to fixing the retaining wall.

“If the funding is approved, no permanent repairs will start until the tide and swells recede, otherwise anything done will be washed away,” Mr Gallagher said.

“Temporary access has been given to members of the surf life saving club, so they can get their gear safely onto the beach.”



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