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Port Stephens Examiner

Int'l - A sand bar at the entrance to the Myall River is threatening to choke the estuary system

A multi-million dollar sand transfer system designed to repair erosion on Jimmys Beach at Hawks Nest could be inadvertently contributing to the siltation of the Myall River mouth.

A multi-million dollar sand transfer system designed to repair erosion on Jimmys Beach at Hawks Nest could be inadvertently contributing to the siltation of the Myall River mouth.

A horizontal sand bar has formed across the river's entrance in recent months at the same time as heavy seas have gnawed away at the beachfront, two kilometres away.

It has become particularly noticeable in recent days following last weekend's swell.

"The river hasn't cleared up since the March floods, which means it isn't flushing properly," Myall River Action Group spokesman Gordon Grainger said.

"It won't take long before it is completely closed over."

The river's ability to flush effectively is essential to the health of the extensive catchment area.


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