Fingal Beach behaviour
A natural cycle
Tweed Sand Bypass Project studies show that sand bypassing operations have had no impact on Fingal beach conditions. Beach conditions change as part of the natural cycle of coastal erosion and beach rebuilding, as well as variations in the amount of sand moving northward around Fingal headland from Kingscliff Beach.
The erosion that has recently been observed at Fingal Beach is part of a natural cycle of behavior that has been occurring since before the sand bypassing begun in March 2001.
The aerial photos below illustrate this cycle of erosion/sand build up.
Aerial photos of Fingal Beach
12 October 1962 8 June 1988 26 May 1997
Commencement of sand pumping operations
7 April 1999 28 May 2001 19 April 2002
During 4/5th year of sand pumping operations
5 March 2005 19 April 2006 14 October 2006
During 6th to 8th year of sand pumping operations
13 March 2008 16 April 2009 11 October 2009
During 9th to 11th year of sand pumping operations
5 April 2010 13 April 2011 22 October 2012
During 12th year of sand pumping operations
17 April 2013
Page last updated/reviewed: 29 Oct 2014