Rough surf and high tides have created beach erosion issues along parts of the NSW North Coast over the weekend and dangerous rips are still expected this week.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Winston whipped up massive waves, with only about 28 of the state’s 130 patrolled beaches open on Sunday.
Surf Life Saving North Coast’s Jimmy Keogh said conditions were improving but many beaches were still unstable.
“Over the coming days we probably will see very unstable beach conditions up and down the coastline,” he said.
“The very big seas have impacted the coastline pretty heavily.
“There will be a fair few rips because there’s been a lot of sand movement, so we’re just asking people to take care over the coming days, if not weeks.”
Mr Keogh said many local beaches were still unstable.
“Not only are our beaches being exposed to more rips now, there has also been a lot of coastal erosion,” he said.
“A lot of the beaches and dune areas did cop a fair impact.
“So we’re asking people to stay away from those dune areas. They may be hazardous and very unstable.”
At Scotts Head, south-east of Macksville, extremely high tides and wild surf have damaged erosion protection hessian fences.
Sand trapping helps protect Old Bar
Meanwhile a ‘sand trapping’ program developed at the coastal erosion hotspot of Wooli, south-east of Grafton, is helping protect a Mid North Coast problem area.
Hessian bag traps capture windblown sand to help re-build the fore-dunes.
Residents of Old Bar, east of Taree, said the Wooli strategy had protected their coastline from last weekend’s wild seas.
Old Bar Sand Replenishment Group’s Elaine Pierce said the sand traps were remarkably effective.
“We’ve been putting [down] sand traps and the seas have put some sand into our sand traps,” she said.
“At Wooli where they first put them in, they have saved so much of their beach.”
Source: ABC News