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Passive coastal works and sand supply straighforward

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay

David Gilet and Ray Kent are both right. Passive coastal works, duplicating the wave-softening effect of pre-mining deep mineral sand structures, (the ‘sloping core’), plus a sand supply solution at river mouths – starting with Ballina’s – are relatively straightforward.

Since Jan Barham’s terms as Mayor, these proposals have been rejected. I know, because I proposed them, and councillors – with the notable exception of Richard Staples – rejected them.

Councillors Staples and Cameron joined me at the Main Beach car park for an on-site presentation, which was followed, shortly after, by the sound of crickets. These things aren’t difficult, but it is necessary to want them enough to take action.

Dailan Pugh’s stated view was that I wished to ‘concrete our beaches’. Understandable as an emotional statement, but nature ceased taking its majestic course some time ago. If you’d like David and Ray’s ideas to happen, hustle.

Byron Beach comparison shots.

Note: the photos in The Echo (4 November, reproduced on the right) are not the same angle. The distance/perspective effect is cumulative.


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