Ballina urged to battle nature to stop erosion
EROSION is threatening Ballina's coastline, but it hasn't fazed resident Mark Doust - he reckons it's just a fact of life.
A Ballina Shire Council study has tagged Boulder, Sharps, Flat Rock, Angels and Seven Mile beaches as being at risk of erosion - with homes at Lennox Head's Pacific Parade at risk of going under if nature is allowed to take its course.
Boulder Beach is a favourite spot of Mr Doust's; he visits the area most days.
And while he would hate to see the headland crumble away, he's not keen on seeing barriers put up - a recommendation from the study.
“Maybe if it was something that wasn't intrusive and didn't look ugly, that would be okay,” Mr Doust, of Cumbalum, said.
“But I'd prefer to see things left the way they are.
“You can't fight nature, it's just a fact of life.”
The Ballina Shire Coastline Management Study, which was compiled in conjunction with community reference groups, will go to the council's Civil Committee meeting this afternoon for consideration.
The next step will be for the council to create a management plan incorporating the study's recommendations.
The council's engineering works manager Paul Busmanis said homes at Lennox Head's Pacific Parade were most at risk, because they were built so close to the existing shoreline.
“The beach could easily erode and encroach on the boundaries of the properties,” he said. “Which is why we are working on creating a plan and implementing things such as building controls and erosion management.”
Neil Denison, of Angels Beach Dunecare, said the community needed to face up to the probability of rising sea levels.
“No-one can tell how fast it will happen, but it will, so we need to be prepared,” he said.