Locals concerned Gold Coast beach is ‘rapidly diminishing’

Council says it’s closely monitoring slight beach erosion along the coast, as concerned locals worry that the Narrowneck stretch might not hold up.

The Bureau of Meteorology has this morning issued a hazardous surf warning for the Gold Coast until tomorrow, as swells continue to pick up.

A resident near Narrowneck says they haven’t see that stretch of beach this bad for a while, with the sand just washing away.


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“Over the past 3 days we have watched the beach in front of our home rapidly diminish.

“The Ocean has destroyed the beach, pulled the vegetation out of the ground leaving large boulders exposed.

“Each day the protective vegetation and rocks are exposed to extensive erosions as the ocean inches closer to the footpath and the road,” the local told myGC.

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The easterly swell is forecast to continue increasing through to this weekend, which is still consistent with summer conditions.

Gold Coast Council has assured that they’re monitoring the situation, particularly at Narrowneck, and they aren’t too concerned about it.

“The City’s is not expecting major erosion on Gold Coast beaches, although minor scarping may occur at some of our northern beaches from Main Beach to the Spit,” a GCCC statement reads.

“There is localised erosion at Narrowneck which has exposed a small section of the seawall. Safety signs are in place and the City will continue to monitor the situation throughout the week.

“There is approximately 40,000 cubic metres of high-quality sand being delivered to the beach front at Higman Street, Surfers Paradise in association with an existing development in Southport. Delivery of sand from development sites occurs under the City Plan and assists in maintaining healthy beaches.

“The City will continue to monitor our beaches throughout the event and will evaluate the need for beach maintenance works following the swell event,” the statement says.

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