Council to decide on sand study

Byron Council will have to decide if it will take up the offer of $25,000 natural disaster mitigation program funding for a sand extraction feasibility study.

The joint Federal and NSW Governments' funding announcement last week comes after the council voted before Christmas to go with the 'retreat' option to deal with coastal erosion in the shire.

One of the options put forward for protecting properties at Belongil Beach and New Brighton was a sand nourishment program with sand to be extracted from the Cape Byron sand lobe.

The estimated cost for the program for Belongil Beach was $20 million then $240,000 a year for 50 years to maintain it.

A similar project for New Brighton would initially cost $6.2 million with an annual maintenance cost of $50,000 a year for 50 years.

The council's acting general manager, Elizabeth Brown, said it was now up to the elected council to decide whether to take up the study funding.

It also needed to decide whether it now wanted the study done.

The Belongil Progress Association is briefing lawyers to appeal against what it described as a "manifestly fraudulent administrative decision".

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