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.