11.5 C
Byron Shire
April 14, 2021

Ratepayers lose big time with rock wall

Latest News

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Other News

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Overcharging and misrepresentation

Josh Scrivener, Palmwoods Three weeks ago I looked online to buy a Bluesfest 2021 ticket. The Google ad directed me...

Lilac house bound by red tape

Mullumbimby resident Nicole Haberecht is facing a $3,000 fine and the prospect of repainting her house after Council made a demand that she change the colour after it was painted a shade of lilac.

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

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  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!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Sprout lovers

Sprouts can sometimes be overlooked on the weekly grocery list… except for those in the know, of course!

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021