Erosion 'worst' for decades

RAY Pike has lived in Brooms Head for almost two decades and he’s never seen erosion as bad as it is now on the village foreshore.

Recent big seas and storms had taken a grim toll on the length of foreshore adjacent to the village which is protected from the ocean by a line of rocks and boulders, he said.

“The sand is all gone ... something has been exposed from underneath which I’ve never seen before ... layers of clay, gravel and rock,” Mr Pike said.

“We’ve been here for 17 years now and I’ve never seen it like this ... it’s the worst it’s ever been.”

The section of eroded foreshore extended for about a kilometre and although it was an eyesore, he wasn’t too worried about it yet.

“Nobody is in danger ... it’s not going to come into the town because years ago, some wise person dumped a lot of big boulders all along the foreshore so I don’t think it’ll go any further.

"But if it starts washing these boulders away ... we’re all in a bit of trouble,” he chuckled.

Clarence Valley Council manager of strategic and economic planning Dave Morrison said he and other council staff members had recently inspected the foreshore and although ugly, the changes may not be permanent.

“The beach there, like any natural beach, comes and goes over time, depending on weather cycles and so forth,” Mr Morrison said.

“At different times of the year or in different years, there’s less or more sand on the beach and there are some areas there at the moment where it’s fairly low in that cycle in terms of how much sand is on the beach – there’s a few rock and clay layers exposed at the moment which often might have a metre or half a metre of sand covering them.

“But I don’t think there’s been a significant erosion event in terms of the dunes receding.”

Mr Morrison said historically sand tended to return eventually, depending on weather cycles, but the council was nevertheless closely monitoring the situation.

“The State Government has issued orders to councils up and down the coastline to prepare coastline management plans for what they call erosion hot-spots ... Brooms Head is one of those,” he said.

“So we’ll be embarking on a revised process to look at the coastal processes there.”

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