NO ACCESS: A wheelchair access ramp has been closed off at Whiting Beach because of serious erosion problems.
NO ACCESS: A wheelchair access ramp has been closed off at Whiting Beach because of serious erosion problems.

Erosion problem at Whiting worsens

By SALLY GORDON

sally.gordon@dailyexaminer.com.au

CLARENCE Valley Council is considering using large sandbags that contain several cubic metres of sand as a temporary access to Yamba's Whiting Beach.

At the beginning of the year, council was forced to rope off a purpose-built disabled access ramp to the beach after serious erosion undermined the concrete structure, causing it to collapse.

The large sandbags would be similar to access points that have been installed at Wooli.

Clarence Valley Council manager of open space, Nigel Greenup, said the disabled access ramp, located near the Whiting Beach car park, was closed off in January when sand erosion started to eat into the coast line.

He said that since then, council had noticed the erosion had become fairly serious.

"The erosion was only moderate then, but it's certainly more pronounced now ... it's chopping back into the dunal system between the beach and Hickey Island," he said.

"We want to protect the beach access point. As far as protecting the dune, we're not considering any intervention works at this stage."

Mr Greenup said although the erosion was part of the coastline's natural process, he was unsure exactly what had triggered the accelerated erosion at Whiting.

"It could be linked to dredging or scouring the channel ... the coastal environment is a dynamic one," he said.

Mr Greenup said the disabled access ramp would not be reconstructed until the erosion at Whiting Beach had settled down.



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