Council’s emergency plan for the Shire’s coastlines has been released, and are available as a pdf download.
The Draft Byron Shire Coastline Emergency Action Sub Plan (EASP) would apply if no severe weather warning has been issued but a beach erosion emergency occurs.
Executive manager of planning Ray Darney said a beach erosion emergency is when the erosion endangers, or threatens to endanger, the safety of people, or threatens to destroy or damage any property and which requires a significant and coordinated response.
‘The draft EASP recognises that the SES remains the lead agency in managing an emergency when the Bureau of Meteorology issues a severe weather warning.’
The 49-page document was prepared in response to a direction from the NSW minister for environment, and was formulated through a collaborative process with coastal landowners, SES, police, crown lands, marine parks, office of environment and heritage, and the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal).
As part of the exhibition process, community information stands will be available at the following locations:
New Brighton Beach, outside Yum Yum Tree Café, 50 River Street, on November 3 from 9am to 12pm.
Brunswick Heads, park beside Brunswick Heads library, Fingal Street, November 3 from 1pm to 4pm.
Byron Bay Community Centre Foyer, Jonson Street, November 3 from 9am to 12pm.
Suffolk Park: outside SPAR Supermarket, Clifford Street, November 4 from 1pm to 4pm.
Submissions close 4pm Monday, November 14, 2011, and written submissions are accepted, as is email: [email protected].