Byron to receive extra funds for fight to halt erosion

BAG WASH: Attempts to slow erosion on New Brighton Beach.
BAG WASH: Attempts to slow erosion on New Brighton Beach.

BYRON Shire Council will receive $57,500 from the State Government for a project to enhance and protect the local coastline from erosion.

Ballina MP Don Page and Environment Minister Robyn Parker announced the grant for a project to implement beach scraping works at New Brighton Beach through the NSW Government's Coastal Management Program.

"New Brighton Beach is subject to erosion and the beach scraping works will assist in maintaining the dune profile and beach sand volume - at least in the short term," Mr Page said.

Ms Parker said the Coastal Management Program aimed to protect and enhance beaches, headlands and foreshores and "assists councils in making sound decisions about coastal development and infrastructure that reduce the potential impacts of coastal hazards such as beach erosions."

The funding grant will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Byron Shire Council.

Byron Council's executive manager of planning and environment Ray Darney welcomed the announcement.

The work will be scheduled to be completed in spring, however Mr Darney warned the beach profile would need to recover between now and then.

Topics:  byron shire council coastal erosion

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