Beach scraping may fix erosion

THE answer to fixing coastal erosion damage at Belongil Beach in Byron Bay may only be 20km up the coast

Beach scraping at New Brighton resumed yesterday as part of a trial to prevent short-term coastal erosion.

While sand dune buffers are being formed up the coast, Belongil residents are wondering why their area isn't receiving the same treatment.

“Belongil residents don't understand why it is not being done here,” property owner John Vaughan said.

“They did it in the 1980s and early 1990s and it worked well. At New Brighton and Belongil it has provedeffective, so I don't know why they are not doing it here.

“It is very effective beach management, which is something people don't seem to know much about around here. It is costing a huge amount for the environmental monitoring so they are only doing it in a few little spots, rather than the entire coastline.”

Areas of coastline are encroaching on beachfront property in the Byron shire due to major storms and high seas washing away large sections of beach.

Byron Shire Council said it was ‘pleased' with the beach scraping work that had been done at New Brighton, but it was unable to comment on whether the same strategy would be employed at Belongil.

The scraping involves creating sand reserves by moving sand from the low tide area to the sand dunes to increase the buffer that the dunes system provides against short-term coastal erosion.



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