OLD Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group is continuing its push for two artificial reefs and is angry at the procrastination.
"We have a plan by a world leading ocean scientists Dr Shaw Mead and at least 3000 members of the community have shown their support (via a petition)," the group's president Elaine Pearce said.
"Off-shore reefs are working successfully around the world in Borth (Wales) and Kovalam (India) and here in Australia as close as Narrowneck on the Gold Coast.
"The success of Narrowneck has been confirmed in writing to our group by the Gold Coast Council - 'Yes, Narrowneck reef (as part of the Northern Gold Coast Beach protection strategy) has performed well over the past 13 years'.
"As well as protecting the land, off-shore reefs protect the beach by bringing back the sand."
The off-shore reef planned for Old Bar would protect 1.2 kilometres of the coast, the group says.
"The Greater Taree City councillors have the power to save Old Bar Beach. It will not cost one iota," the group claims. "Funding can be obtained from State and federal governments."
Mrs Pearce said the alternative presently being discussed, a seawall, would only protect the land to the detriment of the beach.
"The land behind the seawall would be protected but there would be no beach.
"Seawalls are notorious for exhibiting end wall erosion. This is evident at Kingscliff beach where their wall has failed and had to be extended twice so far."
The sand replenishment group believes two reefs can be established off Old Bar at a cost of $10 million. This price includes $6.7 million for the reefs and the remainder for sand replenishment.
The reefs are made from geofabric bags, filled with sand and positioned under water.
The petition supporting off-shore reefs at Old Bar can be viewed on market day at Old Bar, Taree (The Hub) and Black Head.