Byron Bay, Northern NSW
* An oceanside town in the northern beaches region of New South Wales (28°38’35.04”S, 153°36’54.47”)
Major Issues and Geographical Processes/Effects
* Erosion and rising sea levels present themselves as the most major issues; * Particularly on the strip of coast known as Belongil Beach * Erosion along Belongil has created major obstacles for the construction of new buildings, and the preservation of pre-existing estates; with many having already been destroyed due to the instability of sand/soil structure. * Rising sea levels threaten to engulf and flood out seafront homes, hence also weakening housing foundations and rendering them uninhabitable. * Various forms of erosion that constantly occur within the area include; wave erosion, wind erosion and physical altering of landscape by third parties. * Tourism is seen to be plateauing, with the local council of Byron Shire giving berth to nature and seemingly withdrawing their funding to prevent the damage being done to their beaches; allowing the erosion and natural destruction to flow over, instead of conserving their environment and the homes of their residents. * May be compared to the town of Noosa; when confronted with heavy storming, the local council focused the majority of its funding and efforts on preserving the appearance of the beaches, with fresh replacement sand instantly being ordered to cover all the signs of physical erosion – and maintain aesthetic appeal. * Such differences may be attributed to the varying environmental and socioeconomic pressures that effect both districts, with the recent influx of human settlement in coastal areas under the supposed modern ‘sea-change phenomenon’ boosting the circulation of money and provided services. On the other hand, the rising sea levels attributed to enhance greenhouse emissions and climate change has the ‘potential to destroy...
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