A date has been set for a hearing in the NSW Land and Environment Court into the controversial Belongil rock wall proposal.
The matter will be heard on 28 October this year.
Despite that, the site at Manfred Street, Belongil, has been handed over to the contractor to begin construction of the wall.
Byron Shire Council’s legal services coordinator Ralph James said the hearing followed the recent unsuccessful injunction by a local group to stop the construction works subject to the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement.
Mr James said the beach access at Manfred Street, Belongil, had been closed to public to allow the works to go ahead.
Mr James reminded residents and visitors not to enter the work site.
‘Work sites often attract public curiosity and fences and signage are put in place to keep a safe distance away from the heavy machinery, equipment and materials,’ he said.
‘Please use alternative beach access points during the next 12 weeks,’ he said.
But while construction may have started, local environment group Positive Change for Marine Life, being represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), is still hoping to win its case at the October hearing.