Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

King Tides Knock Sand

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

King Tides Knock Sand

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

BEACHES were closed, sand was swept away from Noosa to Caloundra, and home owners looked on at canal waters lapping their gardens yesterday as the Sunshine Coast received a possible taste of the future.

With climate change experts predicting that tides in the range of the 2.16 metre high experienced yesterday would become more frequent, both authorities and property owners took a keen interest in just where both river and ocean levels reached.

But for most holiday makers the event was a curiosity that flushed clean, clear ocean water into the river system, making for ideal swimming conditions at the top of the tide.

Lifeguards were on high alert as significant run out tides from the rivers made for treacherous conditions around river mouths. Sunshine Coast Council chief lifeguard Heath Collie said lifeguards would be on high alert throughout the dropping, middle of the day, tides during the next few days.

Mr Collie said Coolum Beach was closed throughout yesterday's high tide as was the Spit patrolled area which had sea water up to the dunal grass. Other patrolled access points at Yaroomba and the Boardwalk were also closed until lifeguards could gain access to the beach.

Mr Collie warned beach goers to exercise caution over the next couple of days.

Coastal engineers were delighted that a beach wall built last year to protect infrastructure at Moffat Beach and its iconic Norfolk pines held up in the face of what was described as a "hammering" by the ocean.

Sunshine Coast Council spokesman Denis Shaw said the pines would have been at serious risk if the wall had not held.

The Tooway Lake entrance from the sea at Moffat was re-opened by the massive tides, Currimundi Lake flushed sea water into Lake Kawana, and homes fronting the Parrearra flood channel saw 300-400 mm of water top revetment walls reaching as far as the boundary landscaping of some properties.

One owner called council to complain that garden bark had floated away.

Erosion of the beach south of the Kawana SLSC also made some beach access points impossible to negotiate. …

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