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    The Honourable Vicky Darling

    Long-term solution for Gold Coast’s southern beaches

    The Honourable Vicky Darling

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Long-term solution for Gold Coast’s southern beaches

    A detailed study into improving the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project has been released today, outlining options to address the long-term management of sand movement between NSW and Queensland.

    The report represents a major milestone in the Queensland Government’s bid to return the iconic Kirra Beach to its former glory.

    Environment Minister Vicky Darling said a program of public consultation would now commence to determine the best option to manage the natural flows of sand from south of the Tweed River Entrance up to Gold Coast’s southern beaches including Kirra.

    The Report for Tweed River Sand Bypassing Project – options feasibility summary report released today outlines four options to address the issues:

    §North Kirra outlet – extend the existing sand pumping and delivery to a new outlet at North Kirra

    §Additional dredge placement areas – develop additional dredge placement areas along the southern Gold Coast beaches

    §Kingscliff sand delivery – consider the Tweed River entrance as a one-off source of sand for proposed beach nourishment works proposed by the Tweed Shire Council at Kingscliff

    §Sand back-passing – develop a dredging and/or pumping regime to allow sand to be recycled to southern Letitia Spit

    “Kirra is an iconic beach which generations of Gold Coast residents and visitors have flocked to and our government has undertaken a long-term plan to restore it to its former glory,” Ms Darling said.

    “We need to strike the right balance so that everyone who uses the beach – whether they are going for a surf or just going for a walk – finds the right outcome.

    “The Bligh Government has already invested $1.5 million to restore Kirra Beach to its former glory after a buildup of sand widened the beach and prevented waves breaking as they once did.

    “We moved 235,000 cubic metres of sand to form new sand dunes from Coolangatta Creek to the Cahill Street viewing platform and between the Miles Street Groyne and Coolangatta Creek

    “Those works were completed in February this year and today we take that effort to the next level with this report.

    “The Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project is a joint initiative between NSW and Queensland to establish and maintain a navigable entrance to the Tweed River while at the same time maintaining and restoring natural sand supply to the beaches at the southern end of the Gold Coast,” Ms Darling said.

    “At the moment sand is pumped from just south of the Tweed River entrance and released up the coast at Snapper Rocks where it flows north to Kirra and other southern Gold Coast beaches.

    “The release of the project feasibility report and subsequent consultation with the community and local councils will determine the most appropriate long-term solution.

    “We are determined to achieve the best outcome – the river is an important waterway for transportation and the Gold Coast is internationally renowned for its iconic beaches.

    “These feasibility studies are about building on 10 years of operating experience to improve the outcomes for the Tweed and Gold Coast communities.

    “We will be better placed to control the natural sand supply and better manage natural sand transport variability in the future

    “It’s critical we get these beaches back into the condition that makes them so famous and popular.

    “I’d encourage anyone who lives in the area or visits beaches like Kirra to get a copy of today’s report and become involved. It’s important to have your say on how best we can achieve the result we need.

    Community members are invited to download the report and have their say on sand placement options online at by 30 November 2011. A public information night will be held on 2 November 2011.

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