The building of a rock revetment wall at Belongil Beach is now certain after Byron Shire Council received $300,000 for coastal protection works for the beachfront south of Belongil Creek.
The announcement was made yesterday by environment minister Robyn Parker and minister for the North Coast Don Page during a visit by Ms Parker to Byron Bay.
The rocks will replace the ageing 10-year-old sandbag wall, which is coming apart after being lashed by numerous storms in recent years, and comes despite considerable community opposition and follows a resolution by Byron Shire Council.
Byron Shire Council took the decision to rebuild the wall in March after storms early in the year caused sand scarping and the closure of Belongil Beach access.
Mr Page described Belongil Beach as ‘a coastal erosion hotspot with 21 houses currently at risk from coastal erosion during severe storms’.
Ms Parker said, ‘there are no simple solutions to coastal erosion along this stretch of the coastline and these works will assist council to manage immediate impacts of the waves, while working to develop long-term solutions for the area.’
Mr Page said, ‘this funding will enable the use of rocks as an alternative to the existing geobags (as per council resolution) for the protection of the Manfred Street public access area on Belongil Spit’.
He added, ‘in order to assess and address coastal hazards, Byron Shire Council is currently preparing a coastal zone management plan for the Byron Bay coastline including Belongil Beach, with ongoing financial and technical assistance from the NSW Government’.