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Ramping up beach-erosion funds

Nambucca Heads lifesavers Greg and Hannah Iredale stand near the failing retaining wall, and inset, the extent of the damage.
Nambucca Heads lifesavers Greg and Hannah Iredale stand near the failing retaining wall, and inset, the extent of the damage.

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

Lifesavers have been battling to get their equipment up and down a steep ledge after losing their ramp to king tides in recent weeks.

Nambucca Heads SLSC member Jane Morrison said erosion had left a drop of nearly two metres which made 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,” she said.

“Parts of the retaining wall collapsed and 11 cement blocks have been covered by sand.”

Mother Nature has since replenished some of the sand but erosion is a long-standing battle.

Patrol captain Greg Iredale said their ramp kept 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.

Council’s director of engineering services, Paul Gallagher, said a committee inspected the site yesterday and recommended $40,000 be dedicated to fixing the 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 onto the beach.”



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