Kirra Report Long Overdue

14 Oct 2011 12:26 PMJann Stuckey

14 October 2011

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin, is encouraging Currumbin residents to have their say on a long-awaited report into options to restore Kirra beach.

“A feasibility study was announced in July 2009 to investigate four options to improve the current sand build-up at Kirra and long-term operation of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project (TRESBP),” Ms Stuckey said.

“Despite lengthy delays of more than two years, including a change of government in NSW and new Ministers on both sides of the border, the Options Feasibility Report has finally been released for public consultation.

“For years I have been calling for better management of the TRESBP and more flexibility with the contract, and the pumping volumes in the grid area for sand deposit.

“A joint decision by NSW and Queensland saw the sand bypass built and begin operation in 2001.  However, NSW has always called the shots and has controlled the pumping program with little or no involvement from the Queensland Government for a decade.

“In effect the Queensland Government washed its hands of any decision-making allowing NSW to pump some ten million cubic metres of sand that drifted in a northerly direction to Kirra, Currumbin and beyond.

“Community outrage that huge amounts of sand were smothering Kirra reef fell on deaf ears. 

“Both state Labor Governments denied the sand oversupply was caused by the TRESBP, yet long-term residents with many decades of first hand experience believe the sand bypass has exacerbated the problem.

“Only now, as we line up for another state election, has the Bligh Labor Government shown any interest.

“I encourage residents to view the Options Feasibility Report and have their say about improving the current situation, and the long-term future of the TRESBP.

“A public forum will be held on 2 November 2011, at Tweed Heads Civic Centre, corner of Brett and Wharf Streets Tweed Heads, from 5.30–8.00pm Queensland time.

“Written submissions are also invited and can be emailed to TRESBPInfo@lpma.nsw.gov.au or posted to TRESBP Options Feedback, PO Box 624, Ballina NSW 2478 before 30 November 2011. 

The report is available online at http://www.tweedsandbypass.nsw.gov.au/feasibility_studies

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