The Superbank survey
In the final years of the twentieth century the Queensland and NSW state governments finally got together to nut out a longstanding problem.
At issue were the Tweed River breakwalls built by the NSW government in 1962 without consulting the QLD government. It was Queenslanders, however, who felt the environmental fallout from the walls, namely massive downstream erosion as the sand banked up on the NSW side of the river.
In 1994 they hatched a plan, and seven years later in 2001 the Tweed Sand Bypassing project was switched on. The Superbank was created, Kirra was once again buried in sand, and the rest is history.
Except it's not. Engineering firm McConnell Dowell were awarded a 20 year contract to run the project and that expires in 2024. With the date approaching the agency running the joint initiative are developing a transition model for 2024 and beyond.
To help them plan they've asked all local surfers, and even keen visitors, to fill out a short survey about beach use at Coolangatta.