Have Your Say on the Future of the Superbank

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A Message from the NSW and Queensland Governments  about the Tweed Sand Bypassing Transition Project

You know all that sand that gets pumped under the Tweed River Entrance and forms one of Australia’s premier surf zones on the southern Gold Coast? As in… you know... the Superbank? Yeah, well the system in place to manage all the complexities of transporting that sand comes off contract in September 2024, when a new model of sand movement may be developed. The planning for that is happening at the moment, and the Tweed Sand Bypassing Transition Project want to hear from surfers on what they think before it all comes to be. Below you can read the full message from Tweed Sand Bypassing, as well as jump on the link to a community survey you can fill out to share your thoughts:

Tweed Sand Bypassing (TSB) is a joint initiative between the New South Wales and Queensland State Governments. It was created for the community, to ensure safe boating access to the Tweed River, and to restore the natural supply of sand to the southern Gold Coast beaches for all to enjoy.

Tweed Sand Bypassing commenced in 2001 and is a longstanding sand transport system. The project collects sand from the southern side of the Tweed River entrance at Letitia Spit, and pumps it under the river to outlets on the northern side. From there, the sand is transported by waves and currents to nourish the southern Gold Coast beaches.

The sand pumping jetty isn’t able to collect all of the sand that moves northwards along Letitia Spit. To ensure safe boating access to the Tweed River, it is also necessary to periodically dredge sand that accumulates at the Tweed River entrance. This sand is then delivered offshore of the southern Gold Coast beaches and Fingal.

Transition Project

In September 2024, the Tweed Sand Bypassing (TSB) Concession Agreement (the contract between the Governments and the Operator) will expire. To assist in developing a new operating model, we’ve established the “TSB Transition Project”.

The TSB Transition project commenced earlier in 2019 and is investigating many different aspects of TSB. These include Environment, Operations, Governance, Social Impact, Infrastructure, Finance and of course, talking to the community.

The Transition project is an exciting time for us, as it gives us the chance to speak to you about all things TSB – what has gone well, what hasn’t gone so well, and what your thoughts and feelings are about the future of TSB and the coastal lifestyle that TSB supports.

Ways to Engage

Consultation commenced in December 2019 and will continue to late February 2020. We’re seeking the views of a wide range of different beach users and surfers. So even if you don’t live in the area, if you have ever visited and used the beaches on the Southern Gold Coast, we encourage you to complete our online survey here:

https://www.tweedsandbypass.nsw.gov.au/community/transition-survey

Your feedback will be used, in conjunction with information collected from the other aspects of TSB, in developing options for a new operating model. This will ensure that TSB continues to provide the best possible outcomes for locals and visitors alike.

Engaging our stakeholders and using information provided by the community in our operations has always been a large part of the project. Tweed Sand Bypassing is proud to support the coastal lifestyle that is part of the region’s identity; and we’re excited to have you help us with the next phase of the project.

Tweed Sand Bypassing has a  smart phone app that can be downloaded here. The app provides information on Tweed River entrance conditions, how much sand is being moved and where it is being delivered, and live wave buoy data from the buoy offshore of Letitia Spit.

For beautiful imagery and interesting information on coastal processes, you can also follow Tweed Sand Bypassing on Instagram

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