Strong winds and high tides combined caused the waves at Yeppoon’s Main Beach to wash over Farnborough Road.
Strong winds and high tides combined caused the waves at Yeppoon’s Main Beach to wash over Farnborough Road. Nikita Watts

Kemp Beach closed due to erosion

YEPPOON’S Kemp Beach may not be open for weeks owing to the severe erosion caused by king tides.

And yesterday’s heavy rain and gale force winds would not have helped, with many beaches along the Capricorn coastline copping a battering.

Yeppoon had wind speeds of up to 33 knots at midday and 17.4mm of rain since 9am yesterday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Rockhampton Regional Council yesterday issued a warning that all accesses to Kemp Beach were closed again yesterday, except for the very northern access.

A council spokeswoman said Kemp Beach had always had a problem with erosion, and council was listening to advice of from community to get a better idea of beach erosion across all of the Capricorn Coast.

“Due to the extreme erosion at Kemp Beach and the continued rain it will be closed for a period of time,” she said.

She said council was also considering enlisting the aid of an expert to look at the situation and offer advice on the natural effects on the coastline and how best to manage it.

The large hole in the ground at Kemp Beach, which was still fenced off yesterday, was caused by water running over the road and onto the beach.



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