Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate wants the Queensland Government to pay half the cost of repairing the city's eroded beaches, with the total bill estimated to be at least $30 million.
Councillor Tate says so far the city has had no help from the State Government.
Most beaches are open today but getting to the waves remains difficult.
Sand cliffs up to four metres high line much of the shore.
Gold Coast City Council crews are clearing debris and repairing beach access ways.
However, Councillor Tate says a comprehensive beach program will have to wait until the weather clears, probably next month.
He says the program should include dredging, groynes and underground reefs, which are works likely to cost $30 million to complete.
Councillor Tate says given the amount of money the Gold Coast contributes to state coffers, the Queensland Government should meet half that cost.
He says it would be wasteful to repair the beaches until the skies clear.
In the meantime, Councillor Tate says the council is spending $20,000 a day on works that include clearing debris and repairing beach accesses.
He also says recycled car tyres could be used as makeshift stairs to help residents and tourists access the battered beaches.
However, he says he wants to make sure the tyres being used are easy on the eye.
"They've got technology to blend in different colours - a green colour, I think, would look good or a sand colour," he said.
"I don't want it to look like black recycled tyres, so people say, 'hang on, I don't want to walk on this, it looks dirty'."
He says it won't hurt the council's budget and would also be environmentally friendly.
"It is a lot more affordable than using timber and things like that, so it makes sense cost-wise and it also makes sense because it won't corrode," he said.