Council plea for PM’s help fix erosion from Oswald storm

Kevin Rudd is visiting Banora point. Launching Michael Armstrong and Reece Byrnes.
Kevin Rudd is visiting Banora point. Launching Michael Armstrong and Reece Byrnes. John Gass

BYRON Shire Council general manager Ken Grainger has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asking for funds to help with severe beach erosion caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald in January.

In his letter, Mr Grainger describes the beach erosion situation in the north of the shire as "critical", with New Brighton and South

Golden beaches having shown "minimal recovery" since the Oswald event.

"Council is concerned that New Brighton is bordering on qualifying as an erosion hotspot," Mr Grainger said.

At New Brighton, The Esplanade, he explains, is now only 15m from the erosion escarpment in some places and many residents need the road to access their homes.

The council "may need to consider options such as relocating the road if current conditions persist," he wrote.

The letter, dated July 18, will be tabled at Thursday's council meeting and requests the PM assist the council with technical and financial support to prepare a coastal zone management plan (CZMP) for the area.

At Thursday's meeting councillors will also be updated on other major coastal projects, including the interim rock/hard works at

Belongil; beach scraping at New Brighton, and preparing a draft CZMP for the Byron Bay Embayment.

Topics:  byron shire council coastal erosion oswald storms

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