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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.


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  1. The erosion at Belongil was attributed by Council’s own consultants to the rock wall at Jonson street that has been constructed to protect the car park and swimming pool. I understand that they then spent more money trying to discredit their own consultant, but failed.

    Look at Google maps, it is pretty bloody obvious what is causing the erosion. There are parcels of land that are actually in the water immediately to the west of the rock wall.

    Its about time Council faced up to its responsibilities, they have spent millions in Court fees that could have been spent on roads. I would prefer they don’t use rocks, but they have to face up to the fact they have to do something.

  2. I used to do a lot of conveyancing on properties at Belongil beach over the last 20 years. The Council zoning is clear and yet, time after time, buyers would say to me ” what about the erosion- who will fix it” and I would say ” Not Council. You have land which is essentially a sand dune between an ocean and a tidal creek – your land will end up in the ocean. Buyer beware” and they say, ” I will make a huge profit,,,lets hope that council will fix it” And now they scream for local landholders rates to pay for their problem….No sympathy.


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