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Byron council removes beach shower on Crown land

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Last Friday I was about to wash the sand off my dog at that

fabulous shower in the reserve opposite the Treehouse restaurant in Belongil, when I noticed a hapless council worker had just finished dismantling the shower and was carting it away.

He said it was on “Crown land’ not council land, and it had to go. I guess ‘crown land’ means it’s owned by the Queen?

The shower had been attached to the power pole by the council decades ago in a more carefree time.

It was a very popular shower. The nearest public shower is kilometres away at the Surf Club.

All year round hundreds of ratepayers and visitors lined up to use this marvellous amenity,  washing the salt and sand off themselves and their dogs, so they could get back into their cars or enjoy a meal at one of the local cafés. I guess they’ll just stop coming now.

Perhaps in a more enlightened time, council might speak with the Queen and replace such an amenity with a better shower before removing the old one.


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  1. This shower was installed by local residents, the council of the day didn’t want to hear about it when asked to provide basic amenities at least 8 years ago – we think they believed planed retreat was more important


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