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May 18, 2021

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We read your article last week entitled ‘Cosy Corner could be sacrificed for Belongil’ with shock and disbelief.

We actually thought the article was a practical joke but alas no. We have lived in Byron for many years and seen some crazy decisions and non decisions regarding development and infrastructure but this one beats them all.

How anybody could contemplate pumping sand from Tallows (within a national park!), possibly dumping the sand on Clarkes Beach and then hauling the sand to Belongil is beyond us.

Can you imagine a pumping station at Cosy Corner and trucks full of sand running from Clarkes to Belongil?

Would we seriously risk damaging both the natural beauty and amenity of two very good beaches to possibly impact sand erosion at Belongil for the benefit of a very small number of people?

Anybody who takes the time to look at Belongil in a good storm surf and high tide knows that when mother nature decides, Belongil is gone. You cannot build houses on the top of sand dunes on a sand spit and expect them to last.

The cost of this madness is estimated at more than $2 million in capital costs to set up and then $500,000 per year to operate.

This is a call to all locals who care about Byron to prepare for a serious fight. We especially call on all surfers and beach walkers to think about appropriate action.

Meagan Hayward and Steve Marshall, Byron Bay

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