Jan Hackett, Sunrise Beach
Dear [Byron Shire] Cr Sol Ibrahim,
I trust you watched Prime News on Tuesday night.
Taree Council are about to approve the building of a sea wall at Old Bar that is not made of rocks! I don’t know what costs are involved, but if it can save the beach, even for the next 50 years, surely it is worth paying.
A Port Macquarie man has used the system successfully in South Africa. It is a prefab honeycomb grid like structure, that, set at a slope to the beach, takes the force of the ocean, retains the incoming sand (and thereby the beach) and protects property. Looks like the perfect solution for Belongil Beach! The DA for erecting such a sea wall has been made by the Meridien resort.
Yes, I do become emotional, but my only ‘motive’ is to see the beach saved for the use of the community for many years to come. Other ‘protection’ works, like those outlined for Old Bar, will achieve both goals, while rock walls will not. They will only secure the properties, but lose the beach. We must be clever about this. There are many possible solutions, but rocks are not one of them. It’s a lose/lose situation instead of a win/win result.