Matt Hartley, Byron Bay
In response to Dailan Pugh’s letter; upon your recommendation I did go and look at the Belongil. Have you been down there recently, by which I mean any time in years? The idea that the construction of the rock walls would lead to disappearance of beach turned out to be a myth. There’s more sand now than in the ‘80s, brother!
The whole coastal retreat philosophy was dreamt up because mining companies tore out the heavy black mineral sands. In order to avoid those mining companies having to do something about it, government departments suddenly began to develop the idea that it was all ‘natural processes’.
The beaches of Byron Bay have been managed landscapes for over a century. We can debate how they should be managed, but manage them we must. Sand supply has to be addressed further down the coast. Let’s look at that, shall we?
Love your work, Dailan.