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Sand bypass

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay

Oliver Dunne (Letters) generally knows what he’s talking about, but I do not want a permanent pumping station off the Cape and I make so bold as to say it may not be necessary.

There are a few other possibilities that can be acted upon. One is to do nothing, a second is to use temporary protection works, and wait for currents to bring new sand into desired locations, and the third is to use a connected and well-planned series of passive works while at the same time increasing the sand supply coming up from down south. True, it would take a while to work.

Why not take the step of proposing to Ballina Shire that we share with them, and perhaps state and federal government, the cost of a sand bypass? A major increase in sand supply will benefit many beach communities. At the same time of course I would do those passive works, but I don’t exactly hear thunderous calls to action on that front, so I guess it’ll be business as usual: contradictory and dysfunctional.


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