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Draft Belongil Creek entrance opening strategy on exhibition

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Part of the catchment, the brown Belongil Creek running to the sea. Image Google Earth

As part of the ongoing management of the Belongil Creek estuary and catchment, Council has developed a long-term strategy for the estuary opening.

Belongil Creek is known as an intermittently closed and open lake or lagoon, or ICOLL, with the sandbar at the mouth of the creek periodically opening to the ocean.

Council staff say ICOLLs are common on the Australian coastline with Tallow Creek, at Suffolk Park, another local example.

James Flockton, Council’s flood engineer, said Belongil Creek often opens naturally to the ocean, but there are times when there is a build-up of sand so the creek is closed for periods resulting in flooding in the catchment, including on private property.

The draft strategy is on public exhibition until June 28 or online on Council’s website.

A drop-in session is planned at the Byron Bay Library on June 14, from 1.30pm till 3.30pm.

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  1. I thought the problem of Belongil was solved, done and dusted years ago in perpetuity, forever, with a plan of action that was signed and delivered by Council. Why is there new action to open a can or worms?

  2. That;s right it is a naturally occuring landscape feature , leave it alone !
    It is meant to be that way and it supports the ecology of the ocean and surounding environment .
    Next somebody will claim Mt Warning is too high and would be better lowered by a thousand feet to allow better access for tourism. Lets just face facts, nature is beyond the power of, even, Byron Council to control.


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