January 17, 2012

All Gold Coast beaches closed from 1pm today

All Gold Coast beaches will be closed today from 1pm today due to a severe weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for this afternoon.

Chair of Council’s Engineering Services Committee, Councillor Dawn Crichlow said current beach conditions were pretty miserable.

“Council lifeguards have already closed the beach in front of Margaret Avenue at Broadbeach and due to the reported increase in the swell later this afternoon, the remaining beaches will also be closed from 1pm today,” said Cr Crichlow.

“My advice for anyone considering going down to the beach today is to put the kettle on and pick up a good book instead.

“We will also be monitoring the conditions of the foreshore while the offshore low continues to generate unstable surf conditions.

“The city’s roads are holding up well despite up to 100mm of rain being dumped overnight in parts of the Hinterland, however, we are advising residents to exercise caution and drive to the conditions.

‘At this stage, we have one road closure, at the Hardys Road causeway at Bonogin and there is plenty of water on our other roads elsewhere around the city but we are holding up well, “said Cr Crichlow.

“This wet weather again reinforces the importance for motorists not to attempt to drive through flooded roads and for kids to stay out of the city’s drainage system – it’s that simple.

“Council is monitoring road conditions and we are advising people to check with the Traffic Management Centre for updates. The number to call is 131 940 or visit the website at http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/. (Source: Gold Coast City Council)