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April 21, 2021

The Great (rock) Wall of Byron

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(An open letter to the General Manager, Byron Shire Council):

Dear Mr Gainger.
About 35 years ago I moved to this region and purchased a property in the hinterland.
There weren’t many trees around at that time. There was pasture and rolling hills.
I thought it was great. I loved it and thought it would always be always be like that.
Now, 35 years later there are lots of trees. The buggers are everywhere. They are huge. They are encroaching on my property.
They are eroding away edges of my land. I don’t know what to do. I am not allowed to cut them down, and if someone doesn’t do something my house will soon disappear into the wilderness.
So I have come up with a solution. A really good one.
I have decided, without consulting anyone, that what I need to have is a wall. A rock wall.
A really big one. All the way around my land.
That will fix the problem, don’t you think?
However, there is a problem. I don’t have any money. I know you don’t have much either since you spent it all on that other wall in Belongil but you see, now there is a precedent.
Your councillors (or some of them, five  I think it was) set it for us. Wasn’t that kind of them?
So now you are welcome to build one at my place.
In fact that’s how we can solve all of our problems in Byron Shire. We can just build a bloody great wall around it. A huge rock wall. Good idea eh?
All our problems solved at once. No more annoying tourists from Queensland who can’t drive and take all our parking places. No more nasty tides and rising sea levels to mess up our day.
No more trees eating up peoples properties. It’s a win win for us all. Who would have thought.
I look forward to your reply.
Yours faithfully
Peter Leishman, Main Arm

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  1. Hi Peter,
    Are you aware that 70% of the land that is being protected at Belongil is community land? Are you aware that the private land owners have put in $300k for the works in front of their land? Are you aware that council is under a court order to protect this 110 metres? Are you aware that every time the plastic geo bags fail they cost $400k to repair to date costing 2.2mil? No I didn’t think so.

  2. Scott Wanchap
    Are you aware that a lot of people in the shire don’t want to spend our hard earned protecting these properties whether it is community land or privately owned? What percentage of our shire does not want to build a rock wall is what we don’t know, however in a democracy shouldn’t we find out instead of letting 5 make the decision for us (one which happens to share your surname oddly enough). The five more than likely have an agenda and [in some cases there are questions marks over] the manner in which they attained seats on council and if left to their own selfish ways could set very costly and dangerous precedents for this Shire with their decisions as out outlined in the very satirical letter of Mr Leishman’s.

    • Its a waste of time trying to spin this with the above Scott. People of Byron Shire are not going to believe [what] you lot supporting a few landowners, are [saying]. A wall is NOT supported by the science and will require ongoing sand pumping from cozy corner! The ongoing cost of pumping will certainly be more than the supposed saving on geomagnetic maintenance. It will potentially destroy several beaches and likely ruin quite a few surf breaks!


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