Main Beach Shoreline project overview

The existing coastal protection structure between the First Sun Holiday Park and the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club at Main Beach, Byron Bay, was designed to protect the town centre from the threat of coastal erosion.

First constructed in the 1960s the structure is degraded and needs improvement.

Council has commenced the Main Beach Shoreline Project to enhance the town’s coastal protection while improving public safety and amenity so that everyone can enjoy Byron’s iconic Main Beach into the future.

Council has engaged Bluecoast Consulting Engineers to deliver the first stage of the Main Beach Shoreline Project.

This first stage is focused on finding options and solutions for modification of the structure that will give the best possible outcomes for Main Beach and adjacent coastlines in line with the following project objectives:

  1. To provide adequate protection to the Byron Bay town centre against current and future coastal hazards.
  2. To mitigate adverse current and future risks from coastal hazards, taking into account the effects of climate change.
  3. To mitigate impacts on coastal processes (e.g. down-drift effects) through reduction of the project footprint.
  4. To improve the structural integrity of the structure.
  5. To improve public safety around the structure.
  6. To enhance recreational amenity, public access and use of the foreshore around the structure.

The project includes:

  • coastal modelling
  • geomorphological assessment of the shoreline
  • collection of wave data
  • expert observations.

Social, environmental and economic values are also being considered as part of the approach.

Download Main Beach Shoreline Project - Fact Sheet - Phase two

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