The NSW Government will share the cost with Tweed Shire Council for the preparation of an integrated environmental impact study for the construction of a seawall and sand nourishment at Kingscliff.
Environment Minister Rob Stokes and Member for the Tweed, Geoff Provest, announced the $150,000 funding when they met with Tweed Shire Councillors and senior Council staff recently at Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club to discuss current issues.
Work on the $300,000 study will begin early next year, to assess the environmental impact and gain approvals for erosion protection along a 500-meter length of the foreshore.
“Our shire has been struggling with the costs involved with erosion events on Kingscliff beach,” Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Gary Bagnall, said.
The NSW Government funding is through the coastal management program, which provides funds to support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as erosion and restoring coastal habitats.
Council’s Unit Coordinator Natural Resource Management, Jane Lofthouse, said the study was an important step in key elements of the Kingscliff Foreshore Protection and Revitalisation Project, which includes a three-stage, $20.4 million upgrade of the Kingscliff foreshore.
Key elements of the plan include:
– construction of a seawall to protect the beach and nearby facilities and replenish sand supplies on the beach;
– upgrading Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park to boost its profitability and reduce its size to create open space for a Kingscliff Central Park;
– creating Kingscliff Central Park, including a refurbishment of the Kingscliff Amenities Hall.
“These key community developments require protection of public assets from the immediate coastal erosion hazard before they can be realized, as well as substantial funding from other sources,” she said.