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The Byron mayor says she expects a flood of responses when the shire council's draft coastal zone management plan goes on public display later this month.
Councillors today voted 8-1 in favour of putting the document on exhibition for two months from the 22nd of October.
Jan Barham says a strategy of planned retreat in erosion-prone areas has been formulated over 20 years.
She says interest is widespread.
"I'm also aware that there will be a lot of submissions from people that are looking at what we're doing as a future model for them in other council areas around the country and internationally," Cr Barham said.
"People are looking at whether or not this is an option for strategic planning for the future in areas that are at risk," she said.
The business-lobby group Byron United says the coastal plan will have widespread repercussions for the entire town if it is adopted in its current form.
Vice-president James Lancaster says it's wrong the think homeowners on the Belongil Spit are the only ones affected.
"All the attention's focussed on a few houses on the foredune at Belongil when in actual fact once that foredune, which is significantly higher than the rest of the shire... goes you've got to ask yourself the question what goes next?" Mr Lancaster said.
"The rail corridor, Ewingsdale Road, the CBD of Byron Bay, the arts and industrial estate and the residential estate of Sunrise?" he said.
the head of the rail lobby group Trains On Our Tracks says the situation at Belongil is a concern.
Karin Kolbe says it's vital that a designated transport corridor is preserved because the north coast line may have to be moved in the future.
"Yes it's not far, I will grant you that, it is not far," Ms Kolbe said.
"It is a concern but of course looking long term, hundred years, 200 years, if the town of Byron isn't there then we don't need a railway station at Byron either because no-one's going to be getting on or off - we don't need to provide rail for fish," she said.
But Cr Barham has dismissed the concerns.
"You know if you look at a long-term plan, perhaps it's 200 years away," Cr Barham said.
"I hope we don't have to wait for 200 years to get the rail back but no, it's not within the current hundred-year hazard lines so it would be some way from being at risk," she said.
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