A 2011 file photo of severe coastal erosion at the seaside village of Kingscliff.
A 2011 file photo of severe coastal erosion at the seaside village of Kingscliff.

Climate change increasing erosion on Australia's east coast

AWARD-winning environmentalist Amelia Telford has responded to research findings that show Australia's eastern coastlines will be worst hit by increased beach erosion due to climate change.

Ms Telford, who was recently named the Bob Brown Foundation's 2015 Environmentalist of the Year, said she's already seen erosion taking place and it's been "really hard to witness".

"In Kingscliff there used to be a park ... the whole park was completely washed away when we had huge king tides," she said.

TAKING ACTION: Bundjalung woman Amelia Telford is the Environmentalist of the Year.
TAKING ACTION: Bundjalung woman Amelia Telford is the Environmentalist of the Year. Kiernan Ironfield

"The surf club is consistently being sandbagged."

Ms Telford said as an Aboriginal person it was difficult to see the land change so much.

"Those impacts are really hard to witness because those places, so special to me, are barely recognisable now," she said.

"That's what really drives us as indigenous people, because it's these stories we've passed on."


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