Just south of Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, with a population of just over 9000, is a beach community offering a wide variety of holiday accommodation and water based activities for visitors and locals alike.
Together with the villages of Chinderah and Fingal Head, it is a popular family destination which provides beach and estuary access for swimming, surfing (of course!), fishing and water sports.
Cudgen Creek is a major attraction. Riverside reserves offer excellent BBQ and picnic facilities, and sandy shorelines suitable for paddling.
During the warmer months, swimming and snorkeling in estuary is a fun family activity. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking along the upper reaches of the creek are also popular activities.
The area is is short drive to Tweed Heads and its sporting clubs, just 10 minutes drive from the southern Gold Coast, and about 45 minutes drive to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park.
Read more about Kingscliff, Chindrah, Fingal Head and Cook Island in the Big Volcano Visitor Guide.
Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Kingscliff for more information, accommodation options, local tours & attractions, and how to get there.
Kingscliff local Blake Neka getting some air. Photo courtesy @kingscliffboardridersclub via Instagram – KBC surfer Blake Neka.
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Survey data used to monitor beach erosion patterns
Ever wondered how beach erosion is monitored in the Tweed? It might be more hands-on than you think.
Every six months when ocean conditions are good, Council borrows an inflatable rescue boat (IRB) from the Cudgen Headland Surf Club and meets early on Kingscliff Beach.
After completing a thorough safety check, two Council officers launch the boat.
A surveyor in a wetsuit and fins then wades into the ocean, carrying a prism on a long pole. Meanwhile, a small survey team with instruments takes its position at a fixed point on the beach.
The surveyor in the water wades out on a predetermined line, placing the pole on the ocean floor at set points, allowing the prism to signal back to the survey station on the beach.
The information from each point is recorded, allowing Council to map any changes in sand levels since the last survey.
Registered Surveyor Mitch Liddell travels out approximately 500 metres, being guided by the officers in the IRB and stopping every 20 to 30 metres to secure the pole and ensure the surveyors onshore can pick up the signal.
“The measurements are used to work out the depth of the sea floor, helping to determine how much sand has moved since the last measurement and how much sand will stay on the beach, according to differences and patterns in previous records,” Mr Liddell said.
Council’s Senior Engineer – Civil Design, Warren Boyd, said the survey is repeated from four fixed positions along Kingscliff Beach and five positions on South Beach. Provided ocean conditions remain good, the entire survey takes a day to complete.
“Collecting this data helps create a timeline that reveals what is really happening below the waterline,” Mr Boyd said.
“We started monitoring when the erosion was quite severe in 2011 due to swells coming from the east and north-east rather than the south, but we also have historical monitoring dating back to the 1970s to compare today’s levels with.”
Council’s Manager Design, Paul Morgan, said surveying was a key element in nearly every job undertaken.
“Before every project, be it a bridge, road, carpark, waterway or major stormwater system, the survey team examine and record the area and its features to construct a map, plan or description for the next steps,” Mr Morgan said.
“Monitoring and profiling beach erosion is no different.”
Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Tuesday 3 May, 2016
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Planning was well underway on the $21.2 million Kingscliff Foreshore Revitalisation and Redevelopment project, when NSW Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash joined Tweed Shire Council Acting General Manager David Oxenham and Project Manager Stewart Brawley to inspect the project site in Kingscliff last month.
Photo caption: Council Acting General Manager David Oxenham, Foreshore Revitalisation Project Manager Stewart Brawley and NSW Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash at the Kingscliff Shopfront on April 15th 2016.
Minister Nash said the Australian Government committed over $9.8 million towards the $21.2 million project under Round Two of the National Stronger Regions Fund.
“The National Stronger Regions Fund is investing $1 billion over five years to fund priority infrastructure projects, like this one, in regional communities across Australia,” Senator Nash said.
“The project will contain three main elements with works undertaken at the foreshore, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and a new Kingscliff Central Park. “This will help protect Kingscliff’s public and central business districts from coastal erosion and reduce the impact caused by natural events.”
Mr Oxenham said the local community had strongly fought for this project, which had been 10 years in the making.
He said Council was pleased to partner with the Australian Government and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust to deliver the vital project.
“The project will modernise the Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park’s facilities and services to better meet the changing and increasing demands of tourists and create a Central Park that will be a social hub and better link the beach and central business district,” he said.
“A new rock seawall will be constructed along the foreshore to protect Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club from creeping erosion.
“Construction is due to start in early 2017, with the project scheduled for completion in December 2018.”
The project is jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing over $9.8 million, Tweed Shire Council contributing almost $3.9 million and Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Reserve Trust investing over $7.5 million.
Courtesy Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Media release originally dated Friday 15 April 2016
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