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Manfred Street, at Belongil, in 1967, showing sand mining in progress in the background. Photo Peter Duke.
Manfred Street, at Belongil, in 1967, showing sand mining in progress in the background. Photo Peter Duke.

As much as I love Jan Barham and admire Cate Coorey, I must point something out.

Cate, engineering on the beaches started long ago, and the entire beachfront was excavated in 1967 by bloody great bulldozers.

The Sandhills Estate used to have actual sandhills.

The beach was thoroughly rooted. Check out Peter Duke’s picture.

Now Jan, yes, the rock walls are terrible, but actually, so is the part of Belongil without a wall.

The sand mining left behind soft sand, took out the solid gentle  slope, and left an escarpment that is almost as reflective of wave force as a rock wall.

There is a solution:  a restored slope. Strewth, give me the gig and I’ll design you one myself. While Dailan Pugh calls me an idiot.

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay


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