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Australia Byron Bay's main beach is disappearing as erosion continues to gouge coastline

15:46  29 september  2020
15:46  29 september  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Key points: Severe erosion spreads to Byron Bay ' s main beach . A similar problem saw tonnes of sand gouged away from the adjacent Clarks Beach last year, when temporary sandbag walls were installed to protect infrastructure in the Reflections Holiday Park.

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a group of palm trees on the side of a dirt field: Trees litter the shoreline from Clarks Beach to Byron Bay's main beach. (ABC North Coast: Bruce MacKenzie) © Provided by ABC NEWS Trees litter the shoreline from Clarks Beach to Byron Bay's main beach. (ABC North Coast: Bruce MacKenzie)

One of Australia's most famous stretches of sand is disappearing as erosion problems worsen in Byron Bay on the New South Wales far north coast.

Locals like Neil Holland, who has lived in the region for 47 years, have never seen anything like it.

He said if the erosion continued unchecked, it could eventually threaten one of the town's main streets.

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We picked up a couple of punnets and continued our walk, noticing the chalk drawings on the footpaths and the teddy bears popping up in windows. The seedlings are constantly changing, and they disappear quickly. Byron Bay ' s main beach is disappearing as erosion gouges coastline .

"It's the first time I've seen it this bad in all the time that I've been here, and it hasn't stopped yet," Mr Holland said.

"The sand is just being taken away by the metre.

"If we don't do something about it, it's going to Lawson Street eventually. It's not going to stop."

Local man Garry Fenton said the erosion was "getting worse by the minute".

He said he had been documenting erosion on Main Beach almost every day for the past 18 months and believed the situation had become increasingly dangerous.

"To me it's a real worry for tourists coming here, from the point of view that the locals know that those rocks have appeared, but [tourists] don't," he said.

"If they get dumped on a wave, there could be some bad injuries there."

Local woman and regular swimmer Jan Hayes had similar concerns.

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"Now that we can operate again, although only four cruises a week as opposed to the 17 we were doing plus charters and functions, it would still meet our expenses and costs at this stage, so we can stay viable once more Byron Bay ' s main beach is disappearing as erosion gouges coastline .

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"There used to be no rocks but now there are heaps and when you land on them it's very frightening," she said.

"Byron really only has the beach ... so if you lose the beach, what have you got?

"It used to be a beautiful beach, and now look at it — it's an obstacle course."

A similar problem saw tonnes of sand gouged away from the adjacent Clarks Beach last year, when temporary sandbag walls were installed to protect infrastructure in the Reflections Holiday Park.

Byron Mayor Simon Richardson said the problem had since moved closer to town.

"Sand is generally going, in our case, from the south up to the north," he said.

"So if you put in anything that impedes that natural flow of sand, the area to the north will start getting stripped and the area to the south will start to back up.

"We can see that in a thousand cases around the world."

Cr Richardson said it was a difficult situation and the council was seeking an urgent meeting with state government authorities to discuss possible remedies.

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"There's probably not going to be a solution that is easy or cheap," he said.

"We've just got to find a way through that balances the need of humans to be safe and have their assets protected, while being flexible enough to allow nature to take its course."

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment said it was in discussions with the Byron Shire Council on the coastal erosion at Clarks Beach and had actively considered potential options in relation to the Beach Byron Bay cafe.

Those options include temporary protection measures, and a longer term plan for managed retreat.

A spokesperson for the department said it would continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the council, but questions regarding land or works managed by Reflections Holiday Park should be directed to Reflections.

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