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April 14, 2021

Ratepayers lose big time with rock wall

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I was horrified and not amazed to see an aerial photo of houses built at the Belongil beyond the natural coastline zone. This research was offered by the active Byron Residents Group.

These are the houses that ratepayers are meant to protect now and in the future!

Were these houses built after 1988? It is common knowledge that people building after that date were issued with a Section 149 certificate, a legal document, with a ‘let buyer beware notice’?

This section implicitly articulates the danger of building on a sensitive dune. All legal duty of care resides with the house developers. Not the ratepayers. No room for a mistake.

Did council inspectors give final approval for these developments? These questions must be addressed in light of the millions of dollars that the ratepayers are now expected to pay for rocks, building groynes and sand engineering.

Is the $50 million that is projected enfolded within the ‘interim’ plan? ‘Interim’ in relation to what? Please explain? A response from the shire’s general manager please.

With the development of the Belongil rock wall we learn that sand will be pumped from Cosy Corner to feed the Belongil. This is the beginning of total disaster for the economic base of Byron Bay. This technology creates sacrifice zones that will totally ensure the eventual demise of the beach areas.

Have business leaders become fully informed of this fact? Tourists seek nature, beaches and a friendly atmosphere. We are losing all.

In relation to the above, I believe that ratepayers have a right to be fully informed and inclusive community consultation be recognised and ratified by Byron Shire Council.

Loss of beach by the erection of rock walls has been addressed  by the NSW Coastal Panel who have affirmed that there will be l’oss of amenity and public safety concerns’.

Diana Jo Faith, Newtown


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Diana. Are Rose ‘Nixon’ Wanchap and Sol Head in the Sand Ibis going to take responsiblity if lives are lost? RE: Public Safety Risk

  2. Seriously, these people want a “bailout”, forget it. Who in their right mind builds on sand? It’s their own fault, they are solely responsible for their actions. The Ocean doesn’t care about your houses… When they’re gone, I can sit on these dunes again, without anyone complaining that I am trespassing,.. I’m looking forward to that!

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