Planned retreat back on display
A KEY element of Byron Shire's controversial policy of planned retreat for residential houses under threat of beach erosion is back on the table and open for submissions.
The first Draft Byron Shire Coastline Emergency Action Sub Plan was scrapped earlier this year after legal incongruities were made apparent by the NSW Minister for Environment, but it has been amended and is back on the table and open for public exhibition.
In an effort to make the plan as accessible as possible, council would tour it around the shire with a community information stand while accepting community feedback and comment.
The stands were placed at New Brighton's Yum Yum Tree Cafe; Brunswick Heads Library; Byron Bay Community Centre; and Suffolk Park supermarket.
An emergency action sub-plan provides response procedures and protocols for council workers and emergency services in times of beach erosion emergencies when the safety of people or property is threatened.
Council's executive manager of planning Ray Darney said the draft plan recognised the State Emergency Service as the lead agency in managing emergencies after the Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning.
"If no severe weather warning has been issued but a beach erosion emergency occurs, for example a moderate swell acting on a depleted beach profile, then the draft EASP will apply," he said.
Mr Darney said coastal landowners, SES, Police, Crown Lands, Marine Parks, Office of Environment and Heritage, and the Bundjalung community were consulted during the preparation of the draft sub-plan.