Two community groups, which have joined forces in a campaign to halt construction of a rock wall at Belongil, plan to organise a protest at this Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting.
Ron Curran, Mullumbimby. In 1954 a cyclone came in at the south end of New Brighton and wiped out a whole village of fishing and holiday shacks. In 1974 waves pushed down Jonson Street as far as the Surfside Hotel (now the Beach Hotel) and smashed the concrete front of the then surf club. Several houses at Belongil went into the sea.
Charles Sawyer, Byron Bay. In an unprecedented burst of altruism, a few Belongil landowners have created the solution to all the problems facing Byron Bay.
Byron Shire councillor Rose Wanchap. How did we get from simply replacing 100 meters of geo bags that are past their use by date with rocks to suddenly destroying one beach to build up another one?
Day after day, I watch the sun rise. Light glitters on the clear crystal surf as well as the smoky quartz Tallow lagoon. These different water jewels crown two parks, Arakwal and Cape Byron.
Byron Shire’s pro-rock wall councillors hope they can rush through a coastal zone management plan in less than two months although no draft has yet been drawn up.
A plan to extract sand from Tallow Beach and pump it via national park land onto Clarkes Beach has been damned by a local engineer as ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’.
Byron Shire councillor Sol Ibrahim has found himself defending questions over a phone call he made to a potential tender applicant for the proposed rock wall at Belongil.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. There is no doubt the seas are rising at an accelerating rate because they are warming and expanding, and because ice masses on land are melting. Worldwide sea level has been measured to rise by an average 19cm from 1901 to 2010, and are likely to rise by something like a metre this century.
The state government has indicated it is about to tear up legislation under which Byron Shire Councillors recently voted to build a contentious rock wall at Belongil.
Belongil residents will ‘get their rocks on’ after Byron Shire Council on Thursday voted to go ahead with plans for an ‘interim’ rock wall on their beach against the advice of the Office of Environment and Heritage.
Byron Shire Council today looks set to vote down a proposal to delay the construction of a ‘temporary’ rock wall at Belongil Beach, effectively waving goodbye to a $300,000 state subsidy.
Byron Shire Council last week ignored a state government warning and abandoned an ICAC-endorsed tender process in voting to continue investigating a rock wall for Belongil Beach after funding had been withdrawn.
The Office of Environment and Heritage has told Byron Shire Council that it will not proceed with proposed funding for so-called interim rock protection walls at Belongil as they might compromise the long-term management strategy for the area.
John Woodlands, Tintenbar. I moved to Byron Bay late in 1970 and I can remember the old road that ran just behind the beach from near the swimming pool and nearly all the way to the Belongil.
Bryon Shire Cr Basil Cameron. To fully understand the folly of the proposed interim rock works on Belongil, it is helpful to recap on some recent history.
Bill Hayes, Byron Bay. One thing I constantly hear and want to understand clearly is this rumour of a so called Esplanade Road that washed away after a great storm many years ago.
A voluntary contribution from Belongil landowners affected by beach erosion is the latest plan by Byron Council to help pay for a rock wall covering private and public beachfront.
The state government says it plans to ensure that coastal property buyers are given clear and accurate advice by local councils on the impacts of coastal hazards such as erosion and flooding.
Byron Shire councillor Di Woods, Brunswick Heads. I have read on a couple of occasions now that the Belongil landowners funded the pro-business group who voted for the rock walls.
Cr Rose Wanchap. I would like to respond to the comments made on the way I voted in council to continue the process towards replacing present geo bags with rock revetment protection works in order to repair and protect beach accesses and three public roads which are now in urgent need of repairs at Belongil.
Rose Wanchap, Byron Shire Councillor. I do have a difference of opinion with my fellow Green councillors on a couple of key issues but the majority of the time we are in agreement.
Jan Hackett, Byron Bay. Re your article 'Belongil rock wall to go ahead', (Echonetdaily December 24), what an appalling Christmas gift for Byron Bay.
John Vaughan, Belongil. For the Echo to describe Cr Rose Wanchap as a ‘renegade Greens councillor’ for so called ‘voting against party lines’ to approve the interim rock works at Belongil is quite extraordinary.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Oh, spare me. The Belongil? Again? Could The Echo run that article from a few years back that detailed (with photos) the deep sand mining that destroyed the ancient solid dune base?