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With all the sandbagging on the main beach at Byron Bay one could be forgiven for thinking that Byron is preparing for an invasion by a foreign power.

It is certainly an invasion by a superpower; nature, but that isn’t foreign to us. We have known it for a long time, but so often don’t plan for, or allow for it – to our detriment.

Supposedly the sandbags are to save selected trinkets and baubles of the local modern economy. What concerns me is where will it stop? The main car park, Belongil, Brunswick Heads, or Fingal Head?

It appears that planned retreat has been both suffocated and buried under the sandbags, never to rise again.


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