TURN OFF: The stormwater drain at Clarks Beach. Pictured in background are, from left, Jim Clark of Byron Bay and John Gudgeon,
TURN OFF: The stormwater drain at Clarks Beach. Pictured in background are, from left, Jim Clark of Byron Bay and John Gudgeon,

Fears fetid lagoon ruining Byron's image

By Will Jackson

IS Byron Bay's Main Beach still one of the sexiest in the world? Not now you have to walk through a huge fetid lagoon to get to the surf, says local resident Jim Clark.

Forbes Magazine last year named the beach in its list of the world's sexiest, but Jim reckons they would take back the accolade if they saw it now.

The brackish pool of water stretches from The Pass up to Main Beach, separated from the ocean by a strip of sand and fed by a storm water run-off pipe.

"It's a potential health hazard," Jim says.

He demanded that Byron Shire Council fix the ongoing problem by piping the storm water to the town's main drain.

Byron United spokesman John Gudgeon said the lagoon was damaging Byron's image.

He said his organisation had raised the issue with the council several months ago and the water was drained, but a more permanent solution was needed.

Council general manager Pam Westing said the lagoon was regularly tested and drained when it was appropriate. She said the council had no plans to embark on the long and complicated process involved in implementing a more permanent solution.



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