Gold Coast beaches north of Surfers Paradise will stay closed this morning, as Council starts repairing the battered coastline.
All beaches south of Surfers Paradise will be open, and the northern beaches will be reassessed later in the day, once Council vehicles have begun works.
Due to significant erosion, access to the northern beaches has been compromised, and until Council can properly assess and repair those areas, the beaches will remain closed to the public.
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Despite the reopening of southern beaches, Acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard says swimmers should still be cautious.
“If you are heading to the beach for a swim or a surf, there’s a lot of water still moving around, but it has settled down considerably.
“The lifeguards will try and locate safer areas to put the flags.
“There’s still a current pushing from south to north, and there will be a lot of water movement close to shores.
“If there are any directives from lifeguards, they’ll let the people know in the water if the conditions change,” Mr Maynard said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled the Hazardous Surf Warning and the Severe Weather Warning.
Mayor Tom Tate hopes locals stay well clear of the closed beaches, as heavy machinery will work to repair scarping.
He says despite the 2-3 metre scarps along Narrowneck, as well as other erosion issues, the Gold Coast has fared well.
“Sand lost from this recent event is now laying out the back of the main break.
“Nature will push that sand back on to our beaches over the next six to 12 months but we will give it a helping hand with the works we are undertaking today,” Mayor Tate said.
“Despite the huge swells, our beaches held up exceptionally well thanks to the $30-million-plus investment in a range of beach measures over the last five years.
“These include our annual sand dredging and pumping at Currumbin and Tallebudgera creeks.
“These works deliver around 60,000 cubic metres of sand on to our beaches every year,” he said.