Stemming eroded beach's impact on tourism
TWEED Shire Council held an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss the loss of holiday season income Kingscliff faces as a result of the extensive erosion.
The council said it needed as much as $8 million to fund a long-term solution to restore the beach, however the surf club itself was not at risk.
“The surf club isn't falling into the sea – it is protected by a vertical sea wall constructed by council,” a spokeswoman said.
The Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust called the meeting.
At press time the meeting had gone into confidential mode, excluding media and members of the public from attending.
The expected outcomes were “a where to from here program” including establishing “beach access points for the peak summer season, the impact of the Kingscliff Caravan Park's ability to continue a constant income source and the revenue lost or otherwise to date by the impact of the erosion”.
The council's director of community and natural resources David Oxenham said “council and the government do not have a clear picture under which funding programs the erosion event at Kingscliff qualifies”.