Our beach or million dollar houses?
Continuing Rod Murray’s question on why is council spending so much of our ratepayers money to build rock walls to protect these few houses?
Experience at the Johnson Street wall, elsewhere along the Australian coast and internationally, shows rock walls to protect the ocean front results in accelerated beach erosion and ongoing maintenance.
This money will add up to millions of dollars with the continuing responsibility coming to our council for maintaining the walls, the loss of the beach and the probable impacts of erosion accelerated elsewhere.
If these coastal works are done with a Coastal Zone Management Plan in place at least the costs of construction and maintenance will be shared between council and the NSW government, not solely by us ratepayers.
Citizens of Byron shire, please ask your council these questions before your money and your beach are washed away.
Ruth and Andrew Winton-Brown, Possum Creek