In an unprecedented burst of altruism, a few Belongil landowners have created the solution to all the problems facing Byron Bay.
Drownings will be prevented. By converting Cosy Corner into an industrial sand pumping station and Tallows into an eroded tangle, ignorant tourists will no longer be attracted to the lethal rips that at present carry the sand around Cape Byron.
The muddied water downstream of this project will repel the deadly sharks that presently infest the Bay, saving more lives.
The Ewingsdale Road traffic problem will vanish. The sand that now flows around the Cape from Tallows to Belongil will instead bypass Watego’s, The Pass, Clarke’s, and Main, which will become rocky and eroded shorelines. Surfers and tourists will no longer be attracted to the Bay. Commuter traffic will drop as shops close.
The holiday-let problem will go away for lack of lessees.
The West Byron development will no longer sell only to the wealthy, who will prefer Lennox or the Gold Coast where the beaches are sandy and the water clear.
Sealing the Belongil beaches with pumped sediment will kill pipis and other beach life, and endangered species will move on. Reserve lands north of Belongil can then be released for development.
Powering the pumping station to do what nature now does for free will give a huge contract to the local solar energy dealers, since it must be carbon neutral.
Job security will improve, because if the pumps stop Belongil will erode for lack of sand.
Bring on the pumps!
Charles Sawyer, Byron Bay