Richard White, East Ballina
A pile of sand in a bucket of water will, over time, slump and spread out over the entire bucket. So, while I appreciate the council dredging Shaws Bay, Ballina it needs to be a regular, 10-year cycle. I don’t understand why they aren’t removing it from the bay, which obviously fills with sand anyway.
The stretch west of the Marine tower, which is greatly loved by the public, has filled even faster since they tried to resculpt the edges. While not as aesthetically pleasing as a grass to sand interface, it probably requires a small rock wall with access points and dredging through the centre of the waterway to make it a good swimming area, even on lower tides. The current sea grass has drastically reduced since the construction, possibly smothered?
I feel the whole bay needs to be considered as a park that requires regular maintenance. It is not a ‘natural’ waterway, and without dredging will become a shallow mangrove swamp. The Council is on the right track, but please consider the natural equilibrium between water and sand.