The NSW Coastal Panel, an independent body of experts who advise the NSW government on coastal matters, is being taken to court by Belongil landowners after it rejected recent plans for rock walls.
Jan Barham, Broken Head. Congratulations community, a record number of submissions on West Byron mega developments. Now we face the potential of losing our beaches, so it’s urgent to do another submission. This time it’s applications for rock walls at... Read More →
Byron shire councillors voted 8–1 last week to ‘write to our local members of parliament calling for a coordinated national approach to managing coastal hazards…
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay It is frightening that Rose Wanchap (advertisement, Echo, August 24) falsely claims that over the past 20–30 years at Belongil ‘no beach lost in all of that time’. This is misleading advertising and displays a profound... Read More →
While the Coastal Zone Management Plan Byron Bay Embayment (CZMP BBE) policy is yet to be gazetted by the state government, it appears there is still considerable financial interest in the known erosion hotspot.
Hans Lovejoy It’s not the lack of detail regarding the recent court settlement between Council and a handful of Belongil landowners that should concern ratepayers, it’s that the implications and long-term effects are largely unknown. On the other hand, perhaps... Read More →
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay Council is misleading the community with their pretence that their court settlement with a variety of Belongil property owners will have no impact on the implementation of planned retreat and have no cost to the community.... Read More →
Byron Shire Council has settled two long-running court cases brought against it by separate groups of Belongil landowners, one of which has taken six years to finalise.
Andrew Murray, Broken Head Regarding your article Seawall schemozzle without legal clarity, and the various responses on your website. The only thing that will keep a wall on Belongil Beach is money…. truckloads of it over many years until the... Read More →
Byron Shire Council says that despite losing sand and biodegradable matting holding plantings, its $1million rock walls at Belongil ‘have held up well’ , although shots taken before and after seem to show a different picture.
Belongil’s Interim Beach Access Stabilisation works are being examined by Byron Shire Council officers this morning but critics of the $1 million spent on the project say the money might as well have been thrown out to sea.
Greens MLC, Jan Barham has told parliament that nine homes on the Belongil Spit, including that of well-known rock-wall advocate John Vaughan were determined to be ‘unapproved works’ in a 2002 audit.
How much do you value your public beaches; are you willing to sacrifice Belongil beach to protect private properties; and how much are you prepared to pay to do so? asks Dailan Pugh.
The NSW Nature Conservation Council has welcomed a state government coastal management reform package, which it hopes will set a higher bar for the development of fragile coastal areas such as Belongil.
Jo Faith, Newtown. Throughout the debate on the rock wall at Belongil imperative aspects of the debate have been dismissed and trashed. Namely, those folks who chose to develop on the sensitive dune at the Belongil were issued with a 'buyer beware' certificate.
Mary Gardner, Byron Bay. When preparing the Coastal Zone Management Plan, why does Byron Shire Council rely only on engineering reports?
Crowds are still cheering how the sea floods 250 hectares at Steart on the mouth of the River Parrett, UK. This is the latest of five national ‘coastal realignment’ projects. Environmentalists worked with the local townspeople to undo a hundred years of hard seawalls with ‘soft engineering’.
As Byron Shire Council inks an agreement to build the much debated rock wall at Belongil, residents opposing the construction say a solicitor's letter from a group of unnamed Belongil owners is an attempt to silence them.
Sarah Smith, Mullumbimby. People who built their homes on sand presumably made the conscious decision to do so. In the case of Belongil homes built post-1988 - now threatened by sea encroachment - it is hard to see how, ethically, they can claim BSC financial assistance to preserve their dodgy investment.
Gavin Greenoak, Byron Bay. By the end of the extraordinary Byron Shire Council meeting on June 10, 2015, (addressing a rescission motion against implementing a protective rock wall at Belongil beach) I was a changed man.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. As much as I love Jan Barham and admire Cate Coorey, I must point something out. Cate, engineering on the beaches started long ago, and the entire beachfront was excavated in 1967 by bloody great bulldozers.
About 300 people braved blustery weather on Byron Bay Main Beach on Sunday to show their opposition to Byron Shire Council’s plan to build a rock wall in front of council land and private property at Belongil.
In an effort to mobilise people power against the construction of a rock wall at Belongil, two community groups have announced a rally on the beach in Byron Bay next Sunday
A packed gallery of protesters didn’t persuade the majority five councillors committed to erecting rock walls at Belongil at Thursday’s meeting.
Tempers were cold then hot then cool as the saga of the Belongil rock wall reached operatic proportions this morning in the Byron Shire Council Chambers