Rock wall, hospital on agenda for Byron Shire Council

BYRON Shire Council will today consider two rescission motions regarding decisions made at the last meeting around the Coastal Hazard Management Study for the Byron Bay Embayment.

One motion looks at removing any reference to planned retreat and the other looks to remove focus on the need for sand nourishment for Belongil Beach once the rock wall is completed.

Cr Paul Spooner has also put up a motion that would see council lobby both NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Shadow Minister Walt Secord regarding "a number of key issues surrounding the opening of the Byron Central Hospital in 2016".

Concerns include the proposed reduction in local health jobs at the hospital and the potential loss of local health services, including surgical services.

Council will also receive a report from staff regarding the proposed free camping trial for Main Beach at Byron Bay.

The report recommends the trial not proceed due to infrastructure costs, legal constraints and incompatibility with land use guidelines at each site.

However, staff recommended council use $30,000 "to undertake a stakeholder engagement program and marketing campaign ... encouraging freedom campers to stay in low-cost, approved camping sites in Byron Bay".