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I’d like to congratulate Chris Dobney on his front page article reporting that there are plans afoot to pump sand from Tallow Beach to Clarke’s Beach to alleviate non existent erosion.

It is an outstanding example of the New Journalism favoured by Facebook users and those who inhabit the Twittersphere. Factless reportage.

How clever of him to dig up a story that people who have lived in the area for in excess of half a century have never heard of.

He’s on to something for sure. No detail as to who is behind the proposal and of course, no detail as to who might be proposing to finance the proposal or why.

Good stuff. I didn’t realise that it was a joke until I saw that the pipe was going to run through national park lands and the lands of the Arakwal people and that neither of those bodies had raised objection to the proposal.

I look forward to copping another dollop of this indiscriminate verbal outpouring this coming week.

Lester Brien, Byron Bay

Editor responds: Thanks for your comment Lester.  You will find the plans of the bona fide proposal  if you do a little bit of research for yourself. rather than firing off  ‘factless’  missives. That it hasn’t been mentioned until now is exactly the point.






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  1. I am amazed that Lester O’brien can still pretend that there is no erosion at Belongil. Since 1947 Belongil Beach has been assessed in various studies as losing an average of 50,000 to 80,000 cubic metres per annum. You only have to try and walk along the beach in front of the landowner’s rubble at high tide to see that we are loosing our beach where it can’t retreat inland.

    I can understand Lester being ignorant of Council’s intent to pump 50,000-80,000 cubic metres of sand each year from Cosy Corner to Belongil in a vain attempt to replace the eroding beach, because the councillors behind this scheme have tried to keep everyone (except Belongil landowners) ignorant of their intent. If you check out “WRL sand transfer powerpoint presentation” on Council’s website at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/coastal-hazard-management-study-for-the-byron-bay-embayment you will see it is far from a joke.

    Thanks Luis for letting the community know about one of the outrageous schemes our Councillors are devising to impose upon us.

  2. Do the land owners at Belongil foreshore actually have any friends? (apart from Rose and Sol, oh, what delightful names. I feel inspired to pen some environment loving poetry about…doublespeak)


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