16.9 C
Byron Shire
December 9, 2021

Beach Byron Bay open for biz, despite erosion

Latest News

More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

Other News

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

Election week sees Vanessa Ekins doing her blocky

Enjoying a few precious minutes break in an election week is a real luxury and Lismore mayoral candidate and current Mayor Vanessa Ekins managed to fit an Echo interview in between her TAFE Auslan course and the pre-poll station on Woodlark Street.

Loft on Jonson Street

It’s been hotting up in town at the moment, in case you hadn’t been into Byron, it’s like people...

Minister causing ‘serious and irreversible harm’ in State forests

North East Forest Alliance have accused the Ministers for Environment and Foresty, Matt Kean and Paul Toole, of dereliction of duty for failing to implement the minimal changes recommended by the Natural Resources Commission.

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

Make your vote count in the Council elections

I want to make my vote count, and elect a mayor and Council that actually represents local interests and...

The dunes at Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay are in danger of collapsing. (supplied)

Paul Bibby

The owner of Beach Byron Bay cafe and restaurant, that has been affected by coastal erosion on Clarkes Beach, says his business is well and truly open, and he believes a long-term solution can be found to ensure it stays that way.

Ben Kirkwood made the comments in response to a story in last week’s Echo, which stated that the state government was planning to install temporary sand bags to give him and the owner of a nearby cottage time to ‘reconfigure their premises’.

The story also stated Mr Kirkwood and the owner of the cottage had been told to prepare for ‘future retreat’ from the erosion issue.

However, Mr Kirkwood says the sand bags have already been installed, along with a 17-metre man-made sand dune, and that the various stakeholders were working hard to figure out a solution that would allow the cafe to stay.

‘We’re open for business, and we’re staying open’, Mr Kirkwood said.

‘You’re absolutely safe to come here, and everyone is working to find a solution.

‘Crown Lands are not saying that we have to close… nobody’s ordered us to do anything’.

Clarkes Beach was severely affected by coastal erosion over six weeks, between the end of June and the beginning of August.

At its worst, the eroded coastline reportedly came to within a relatively short distance of the cafe’s rear deck.

However, Mr Kirkwood says that the newly installed sandbags and dune works have ensured that his business is protected and can safely continue trading.

Mr Kirkwood is calling for the sand bags to remain, until a long-term solution can be found, and says that he has the support of local political representatives.

‘The politicians I’ve spoken to are saying, “We can work around this”,’ Mr Kirkwood said.

‘This isn’t just about us, it’s about social amenity – it’s about people being able to walk on the beach in Byron. That stretch of beach is worth billions to the NSW economy, not to mention the local economy. 

‘And, yes, there’s a business in the middle of it that employ 50 staff and that brings through roughly a hundred thousand people a year at a time when tourism is crucial to rebuilding the NSW economy’.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. It is widely misunderstood that the Anglo-Danish king Canute sought to prove his dominion over the waves by calling on them to retreat. His performance was actually to prove that “the tide waits for no one”.
    Good luck with the sandbagging.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Serious crash – Alstonville

A man is in hospital following a single-vehicle crash in Alstonville on Tuesday afternoon.

Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

Around half of the potential votes have been counted in the Tweed Shire Council which have seen a surge in support for Liberal councillor James Owen.

COVID case sends Mullum High teachers and students into isolation

Mullumbimby High School has had a case of COVID-19 confirmed with all staff and students requested to self isolate.

Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11 per cent of the total...