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April 24, 2021

Rock wall held up well: council

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Manfred Street steps after the storm. Photo Paul Spooner

Byron Shire Council says that despite losing sand and biodegradable matting holding plantings, its $1million Interim Beach Access Stabilisation works (rock walls) at Belongil ‘have held up well’, although shots taken before and after seem to show a different picture.

Council’s director of infrastructure services Phil Holloway said the Belongil coastline had lost sand at the Manfred Street interim rock wall as a result of the weekend storm event.

‘From a preliminary inspection, it appears that the protection works have held up well with the integrity of the structure including wall ends, toe and main armour preserved,’ he told Echonetdaily.

‘As is to be expected with such a severe weather event, sand was lost along with the dune vegetation and the biodegradable matting that was part of the site rehabilitation.

‘Some of the small rocks that were used to secure the matting have also shifted. These rocks are not part of the protective rock armoury.

‘Staff will be removing the matting and small rocks as soon as possible.’

‘From a structural perspective, the small rocks are not a concern,’ he said.

Over at New Brighton there is a one metre drop off from minor scarping has occurred as a result of sand loss.

By comparison, he said Main Beach Byron Bay ‘has seen significant sand loss and exposed some geobags at the Surf Club.’

‘Damage to landscaping has occurred and the car park requires clean-up.’

The same site taken before the storm. Photo Jan Barham
The same site taken before the storm. Photo Jan Barham

Manfred Street steps before the storm. Photo Jan Barham
Manfred Street steps before the storm. Photo Jan Barham


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  1. Byron Shire Council is an institute and authority of the ratepayers that cant speak so when we have the words
    “Byron Shire Council says …” it is inappropriate English and incorrect.
    A person can speak so a person in authority needs to speak for Council but Council as a body, can not speak.


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