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May 6, 2021

Precautionary principle should rule the waves

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Regarding your article Byron council considers $34m seawall for Belongil.

The big picture is being ignored by the pro-development councillors here.

There are three factors that will be working against this:

1) the groynes/ seawall

2) the West Byron development will have an impact upstream on Belongil Creek and estuary mouth

3) when Elements action their plan to build a protective wall within the estuary mouth to prevent further erosion of their property, you’ll have one almighty unpredictable mess – what a legacy for my kids!

Nature cannot be controlled nor circumvented by man, no matter how large his ego. Working within nature’s constraints is the only sensible option. The precautionary principal is our only hope.

Tanja Krebs, Byron Bay

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  1. What a great job the council did at the end of Manfred St. The slope acts like a natural dune and there is now more sand than before. The viewing platform is solid and provides good access. The Trees planted will help stabilise the slope. There seems to be a lot more people enjoying this section of the beach now. I look fwd to more facilities being provided for beach goers along the Belongil Strip. The green army is doing a sterling job with the plantings. If you want to know whats good for an area, ask the people who live there and see it everyday.

  2. No Scott better to ask someone who has seen the big storms and what they will do regardless of how much money has been poured into a fruitless attempt to defy the forces of nature. Blow-ins protecting their foolhardy investment at the expense of the average punter are not reliable sources of information on which to base long term policy.

  3. The council has now set a precedent for the rest of the beach front north an south, the same rules apply to SGB an NB so get ready for when this happens to them, as its going to cost far more than 5 houses at Belongil. When will they learn


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