Heavy swell closes Agnes beach

HUGE swells and dangerous conditions forced the closure of one of the region’s most popular beaches yesterday.

A Gladstone Regional Council spokesperson yesterday morning cited extreme conditions caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Olga, combined with a monsoon trough as the reason for closing the main beach at Agnes Water.

The spokesperson said the closure was to protect the safety of residents and tourists in the area.

“Strong wind gusts, swells of up to four metres and heavy rain have caused erosion to the beach and the undermining of sand dunes, several she-oaks have been uprooted as a result,” they said.

“The beach will remain closed until further notice and residents are advised to keep checking council’s website for updates.”

Surf Lifesaving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said there were a number of factors that had made the conditions dangerous.

“We had rough surf, king tides and strong currents — and there is a lot of debris and rubbish in the water. It is very brown and yucky,” Mr Holden said.

“Even though the surf isn’t very large, it’s very rough.

“If conditions continue it’s more than likely it will be closed for a few days but then again we could see a new day tomorrow.”

Other beaches and stretches of coast throughout the region also copped a hiding as king tides and messy swells smashed into beaches.

At high tide spray from waves was splashing over the outer wall of the marina in Gladstone and there was visible erosion at a number of the region’s other beaches.

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the rough conditions and beware of eroded dunes and debris.

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