NSW and QLD Governments announce plans for TRESBP

26 Feb 2013 2:50 PMJann Stuckey

Jann at Point Danger with local stakeholders John Standing and Mena Tsikleas

22 February 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the release by the NSW and QLD Governments of a report on public consultation over future options for improving the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project (TRESBP).

Established in 1994, TRESBP is a joint venture between the two governments with the aim of maintaining a natural sand supply to the southern Gold Coast beaches as well as a navigable entrance to the Tweed River.

The sand bypassing system consists of a sand pumping jetty that intercepts northward moving sand at Letitia Spit on the NSW side of the border, pumping the sand via  buried pipeline under the Tweed River to east of Snapper Rocks on the Queensland side of the border where it flows north to Gold Coast beaches. Dredging is periodically required to maintain the navigation channel when the sand transport rate exceeds the capacity of the bypass system.

“For the past decade I have been calling for more flexibility in the sand distribution area and for better management of the TRESBP, but the former government stuck its head in the sand. I am therefore very pleased with this announcement that is offering potential solutions.

“Following feasibility studies and community consultation the NSW and QLD Governments are now looking at two potential solutions to sand erosion and sand drift problems on southern Gold Coast beaches,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The two options to be pursued further are:

• Disposing dredged sand at deep water locations offshore between Point Danger        and Coolangatta and occasionally along Bilinga and Tugun beaches, and
• Investigating backpassing to deliver some sand to the south of the Tweed River entrance at northern Letitia Beach

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP said the bypassing system has improved the safety of the Tweed River Entrance and it’s important we build on this experience to get the next stage of the bypass right.

“It is clear there are some concerns about the options for sand dispersal and following the community consultation, it is encouraging to see both NSW and Queensland governments working together on this issue,” Mr Provest said.

“This issue has been problematic for the southern Gold Coast community for a long time now and it is good to see collaborative steps being taken by neighbouring governments,” Ms Stuckey said.

The full report on community consultation can be viewed on the project website www.tweedsandbypass.nsw.gov.au