According to a former councillor and civil engineer specialising in hydrology, rock wall development applications (DAs) submitted by wealthy Belongil landowners will transfer public land to private ownership and eventually result in the loss of the iconic beach.
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.
While the long-running saga of building a 1.1km Belongil Beach seawall may well have exhausted public interest, the significance of its outcome could send Byron Council broke and force an eventual amalgamation, at least according to one councillor.
Belongil landowners will again take Byron Shire Council to the NSW Supreme Court over a ‘significant financial loss and diminution in value of their properties,’ and other issues that have arisen from ‘works in front of the Jonson Street carpark.’
Real estate is often thought to be dry land. But long standing depictions of country in Australia focus on water. Aboriginal Australian artworks remind us of the locations and flow of water as a dynamic integrated presence above and below ground.
Karl Goodsell, Positive Change for Marine Life, Byron Bay The argument about how well or poorly the Belongil rock wall held up in last weekend’s storm shouldn’t come down to who is right or who is wrong. The rock wall... Read More →
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.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I remain incredulous that Byron Shire Council intends to build a rock wall at Belongil with no mitigation measures, in the full knowledge that the beach in front of the walls and the rest of the... Read More →
Pauline Kapral, Ocean Shores Susan Skyvington’s 1991 memory of only two houses in Belongil area is unfortunately a few bob short of reality. If you care to have a look of any aerial shorts of the area between 1960 and... Read More →
Byron Shire Council is forging ahead with its controversial Coastal Zone Management Plan despite the dire warnings of one councillor that it is ‘heading over a cliff’.
Tanja Krebs, Byron Bay. Regarding your article Byron council considers $34m seawall for Belongil. The big picture is being ignored by the pro-development councillors here.
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’.
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.
Ruth and Andrew Winton-Brown, Possum Creek. Our beach or million dollar houses? Why is council spending so much of our ratepayers money to build rock walls to protect these few houses?