Line of defence: A line of sandbags at Belongil Beach, laid in an attempt to stem erosion of the beach.
Line of defence: A line of sandbags at Belongil Beach, laid in an attempt to stem erosion of the beach.

Belongil rock wall will cost our beaches, Greens warn

AN ANNOUNCEMENT by Environment Minister Robyn Parker and Local Government Minister Don Page that the NSW Government will provide $300,000 for a rock wall at Belongil Beach promises to deplete sand on Byron's beautiful beaches, says Greens MP Cate Faehrmann.

"The government is burning cash on a failed coastal management technique that could cause permanent damage to Byron's beaches for the sake of a small number of waterfront properties that probably shouldn't have been built in the first place," Ms Faehrmann said.

"For over 30 years the policy of planned retreat has survived numerous court challenges and has been supported by engin- eers and scientists.

"Proposals to build a sea wall along the eroded areas of Belongil Beach have been rejected previously.

"That the government has committed $300,000 to build rock walls without adequate consideration of the environmental impacts shows a lack of proper process.

"The area is adjacent to the Cape Byron Marine Park, a habitat for endangered migratory birds subject to international protection treaties.

"The construction of a rock wall will result in the loss of the beach as the ongoing sea levels rise and the coastal storms and surges take away sand."

"Ultimately, the beach will be lost."



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