WASHED AWAY: These photos show the damage done to walkways at Clarkes Beach.
WASHED AWAY: These photos show the damage done to walkways at Clarkes Beach. Deb Milgate

Erosion gouges tonnes of sand from Clarkes Beach

EROSION that has gouged tonnes of sand from Byron Bay's Clarkes Beach is part of a natural cycle of sand movement says Ben Bennink.

Mr Bennink has spent more than 20 years around Byron Bay beaches and has seen it all before.

"The sand does leave there at times, I've seen it right down to rock about 15 years ago," he said.

Recent large south swells don't really get into Clarkes Beach to cause erosion, Mr Bennink said.

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"It does replenish itself, the sand comes and goes," he said.

A Byron Shire Council spokeswoman said the area in front of Clarkes Beach Holiday Park, including the access steps, is managed by the North Coast Accommodation Trust.

"Council is currently preparing a draft Coastal Zone Management Plan which takes a strategic look at the coastal zone from Cape Byron through to the beach south of Tyagarah Nature Reserve," the spokeswoman said.

"The plan will consider issues such as beach amenity, public access to beaches and managing risks from coastal hazards such as beach erosion."

The plan will detail a range of actions that can be undertaken to tackle erosion

These actions will be developed in consultation with the community and various coastal authorities, before the plan is submitted to the Minister for certification, the council spokeswoman said.

A North Coast Accomodation Trust spokesman did not respond by deadline.



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