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Despite the weather, some 300 people took to Byron’s Main Beach on Sunday to show their opposition to the construction of a rock wall at Belongil. Photo Sean O’Shea

Chris Dobney

About 300 people braved blustery weather on Byron Bay Main Beach on Sunday to show their opposition to Byron Shire Council’s plan to build a rock wall in front of council land and private property at Belongil.

The gathering heard speakers Cate Coorey from Byron Residents Group, Delta Kay representing the Arakwal people, Greens MLC Jan Barham and Byron Shire Greens councillor Duncan Dey, before walking to the site of the existing rock wall, past a sign reading ‘keep the rocks’.

Ms Coorey told Echonetdaily, ‘People don’t want engineering on their beaches, and are appalled at the actions of the councillors, doing all this in secret without community consultation.’

She added the group wanted ‘community input on the issue of using a public for a private end.’

Byron Shire Council will be considering a rescission motion on last month’s decision to build the controversial rock wall at an extraordinary general meeting tomorrow.

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  1. The photo looks to be taken at a spot about at least a kilometre east of where I understand the 150 metres of rocks are proposed. However it clearly shows the destruction of the trees in the dunes that I and other regular beach goers have noticed over the past years which is caused by continuous and uncontrolled “housing/camping” in the dunes, where fires and ablutions are unchecked and out of control. There is a very real and increasing degradation of these dunes caused by this activity. Can we have equal protests about this please?

  2. I understand it was more like 150 and that the protesters were collecting members of the public on the beach to boost their numbers.

    Jan Barham spoke against this and I also understand that she voted FOR IT when she was MAYOR. Must be old age setting in seems she has CRAFT disease.

    And yes its pretty obvious that they made sure they were a good distance from where they were protesting about because there was plenty of open sand which would be embarrassing due to the fact they are saying that the sand is being lost.


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