Shoes fly as Byron Shire Council meeting gets ugly

TEMPERS flared at a Byron Shire Council meeting today as a crowd of ratepayers turned out to have their say on the $1.2 million temporary rock wall at Belongil Beach.

At one point during the meeting, that covered a variety of issues, councillor Rose Wanchap, in response to a heckler in the crowd, threw both of her shoes into the gallery. 

MORE: Debate rages over plans for rock walls at Belongil Beach

Long-time resident Andrew Winton-Brown, a former engineer, as well as Byron residents group's Cate Coorey spoke against the wall, while Belongil resident John Vaughan spoke for it.

Residents say only $300,000, or less than half of their share of the cost, will be borne by those who have properties on the beach, for what is only a 10-year solution to beach erosion.

They have also questioned why the council is not waiting until a new Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) is in place, at which time all the costs and liabilities would be shared with the State Government, or why the council is building the rock wall at all.

Mr Vaughan called comments that there had been no public consultation nonsense.

The interim rock wall will be constructed at Manfred St.

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