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January 18, 2022

Byron coastal zone plan community meeting tonight

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Tonight offers an opportunity for the Byron community to become more informed about the shire’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan and offer informal feedback at a public information session at the Byron Bay Community Centre.

Byron Shire Council staff will be on site to explain the key strategies in the draft document and to no doubt take the heat of some residents’ feedback.

The plan has courted controversy over its proposal to build a 1.6-metre rock wall along Belongil Beach with a concrete walkway along the top of the wall.

The brief 21-day exhibition period, the shortest time legally allowable, has also drawn criticism from some quarters.

The exhibition period concludes on June 14.

Byron Shire Council’s CZMP information session will take place tonight (Tuesday May 31), from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Cavanbah Room, Byron Community Centre, Jonson Street, Byron Bay.

The draft CZMP is also available on Byron Shire Council’s website at www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

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  1. My grandfather, who grew up in the Bay over a hundred years ago, opined that they should never have built within hundreds of yards of the beach (he was concerned by the buildings and car parking at the top of Jonson Street), Apart from the dune areas it is a strip of coastal beauty worthy of world heritage status. His advice remains valid at the Bay and anywhere else along the NSW coast. We should indeed move to prevent any further development or re-development within kilometres. Existing properties would be become 49 year leases, after which they would be returned to the State and restored to their original condition. Of course it might cost just a little bit to buy up the freehold – especially in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney but it would be the right thing to do. In the meantime we certainly should be moving to remove any buildings along the foreshore of Byron Bay.


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