Drivers, swimmers, surfers ignored warnings in savage storm


This shot by Geoff Bensley gives readers an idea of the damage done by last weekend’s storm.

STICKYBEAKERS, cavalier drivers and careless swimmers and surfers have left emergency services dumbfounded during the dangerous weather event to hit the Northern Rivers over the weekend.

The SES performed 54 flood rescues from the time the rain started falling on Friday through to the minor to moderate flooding that continued into Saturday and Sunday.

In Byron Bay, lifeguard personnel were disappointed by the behaviour of some swimmers and surfers who decided to take to extremely messy waters off Byron Bay because there was a break in the rain.

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Bay Locals Slam Council’s Belongil “Wall Of Shame”


This Ben Ormonde image shows the extent of the storm’s damage to Council’s Interim Beach Access Stabilisation (IBAS) works.

Byron Bay locals have slammed Byron Shire Council’s Interim Beach Access Stabilisation (IBAS) works in the aftermath of Saturday’s massive storm event which thrashed the Bay.

Coastal Management studies student and concerned local resident Lucy Ashley described the severely damaged rock wall as “buggered” after being rammed through by the “gang of five pro-rock wall councillors” just months ago.

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Stephen Booth: “Affordable Housing in Byron Shire”


Kids making tipis/teepees from driftwood washed up after the heavy rainfall at Brunswick Heads.

This image was taken from the south wall, Brunswick Heads, by Stephen Booth who says it’s titled: “Affordable Housing in Byron Shire”.

As Stephen says, “Our children rebuilding after the storm. Wonder what they are calling it? Air B ‘n B or Affordable Housing?”

Marijuana Grower Who Claimed to Deal Drug Only to Cancer Patients Faces Prison

Bradley Hindmarsh grew 396 marijuana plants inside a Riverstone warehouse. Picture: Stephen Cooper

A MAN who claimed he was only growing marijuana to give to cancer patients has been jailed for up to five years after a judge decided he was less Robin Hooch and more the Share-Spliff of Nottingham.

Bradley Hindmarsh grew 396 marijuana plants worth $1.4 million inside a warehouse at Riverstone in Sydney’s northwest and pleaded guilty to cultivating a large commercial quantity of the drug.

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Great Barrier Reef: Scientists “exaggerated” coral bleaching

    There is growing scientific conflict over bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Tourism Queensland

There is growing scientific conflict over bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Tourism Queensland

Activist scientists and lobby groups have distorted surveys, maps and data to misrepresent the extent and impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, ­according to the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt.

A full survey of the reef ­released yesterday by the author­ity and the Australian Institute of Marine ­Science said 75 per cent of the reef would escape unscathed.

Dr Reichelt said the vast bulk of bleaching damage was confined to the far northern section off Cape York, which had the best prospect of recovery due to the lack of ­onshore development and high water quality.

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Earthbag Homes: The Ultimate Bullet-Proof Retreat… Cheap and Easy to Build

Earth bag homes

Environmentalist’s best kept secret and the concrete industry’s worst nightmare…

… the earthbag method means that you can build a small retreat to withstand bullets, floods, hurricanes, storms and fires much better than a conventional house.

And all at a fraction of the cost!

Earthbag construction is a hot topic in underground circles but has yet to hit the mainstream.

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How to Run and Hide if a Tsunami Hits the Bay Area


Today the NSW SES has launched new Tsunami Evacuation Maps. These cover the whole NSW coast and show those areas that lie under 10m above sea level, are 1km or less inland and are 10km up an estuary.

IMPORTANT: this message is not a tsunami warning.

In the very unlikely event of a land threat tsunami, the NSW SES will be asking people in the red zone to seek shelter at least 10m up in a sturdy concrete building or to move outside the red zone area to an area of lower risk.

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Most Effective Solutions to Bay Erosion Ignored

Proposed NSW Government changes in coastal management signalled its intention to allow individual landowners the right to apply to protect their properties from erosion. But these proposed changes fail to address the medium-term (~40 years) problem, whilst promoting ad hoc coastal protection measures.

News Ltd image

News Ltd image

Medium-term engineering solutions, including beach nourishment to defend some residential areas, should not be ruled out. Parts of the present coastline may well need to be abandoned as they become impractical and too expensive to protect, but this time has not yet arrived.

Rising sea levels and increased coastal populations will place continuing pressure on beaches, and an integrated approach to managing the coastal zone is called for. Byron Bay was classified as a beach ‘erosion hotspot’ by the Australian Government in 2009.

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Council to Invest $60,000 in Bay Residents’ Ideas


Placemaking Seed Fund: Council’s Investment in Byron Ideas

Byron Shire Council has embarked on a significant and groundbreaking project over the past 12 months in the development of the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan (BBTCM).  The BBTCM celebrates Byron Bay’s unique vibe, eclectic culture and natural character through a bold vision and layering of strategies that frame the centre’s future over the coming 20 years.

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