SEEING CLEARLY: Vicki Hayward gets ready for a morning swim in the freshly cleaned Main Beach rock pool at Yamba. As the weather heats up, Main Beach is the place to be.
SEEING CLEARLY: Vicki Hayward gets ready for a morning swim in the freshly cleaned Main Beach rock pool at Yamba. As the weather heats up, Main Beach is the place to be. Adam Hourigan

Clean-up has beaches in great shape as swim season approaches

THE previous surf season may have been interrupted when Yamba beaches were battered by wind and water and covered in metres of driftwood, but things are looking good for spring.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club's Mike Harvey said Main Beach was looking great in the lead-up to the swimming season, which starts in about four weeks.

"Main Beach has recovered brilliantly, due to the efforts of Clarence Valley Council and surf club members with significant assistance from Mother Nature, from the autumn floods and big seas which dumped hundreds of tonnes of debris and removed a huge amount of sand from the beach," he said.

"The August spring-like weather with north-easterly breezes and low swells has returned sand from the out-to-sea sandbar back onto the beach and virtually covered all the exposed rocks."

Clarence Valley Council environment, planning and community director Des Schroder said it took about $140,000 to get the beaches back in shape.

So far, the council had not heard back about disaster funding to cover the cost of the flood damage.

Mr Schroder said there were some ongoing maintenance issues at Pippi Beach but they were not related to the floods and were being worked on at the moment.

The Yamba rock pools also received a clean-up last week.

Patrols at Yamba's Main Beach start on September 21.



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