Chris Abraham, Mullumbimby Creek
The erosion of the shoreline at Belongil would seem to be caused by natural processes such as a change in direction of storm activity, a settlement of the foreshore and the effect of a slight rise in sea level. It would be interesting to see if any monitoring of sea level changes has been undertaken at Byron Bay.
The only way to protect the properties at Belongil and maintain the beach would be to dredge sand from offshore and pump it onto the beach. Placing rock armour along the foreshore will result in an ultimate loss of the beach at Belongil. When severe erosion took place at the Gold Coast, the short term solution was to dredge sand from offshore. This was followed by sand-bypassing at the entrance to the Tweed River.
Unless it can be proved beyond any doubt that the erosion at Belongil was caused by man-made activities on the foreshore nearby, the risk of erosion is a factor that those who build on the foreshore without an adequate erosion buffer should have to bear.
If the state government wishes to throw our taxes into such a project so be it, however I object strongly to Byron Shire Council contributing anything to the cost. Every cent of council funds that are not absorbed by essential services should be spent on rebuilding all the roads in the shire that are badly potholed.