Environmental Impact Statement Sandhills wetland project

The Environmental Impact Statement was approved by Council on 28 March 2024.

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The Sandhills wetland in Byron Bay is being restored.

An assessment of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of Sandhills Stormwater Management System was on public exhibition throughout December, January and closed on 19 February 2024.

At the 28 March 2024 meeting, Council approved the EIS for the wetlands, which is due to be constructed in 2024.

About the Sandhills Wetland

The Sandhills wetland is on the edge of Byron CBD, covering 1.8 hectares. It is bordered by Massinger Street and Lawson Street.

The area was sand mined in the 1930s destroying the natural wetland and a lot of the native vegetation.

Restoring the wetland is one of the most significant environmental projects to be done in Byron Bay in recent years.

Restoring the Sandhills Wetland in Byron Bay

View Environmental Impact Statement documents

The Environmental Impact Statement identifies and assesses the following impacts:

  • Environmental
  • Social
  • Economic.

It also proposes measures to mitigate and avoid any adverse impacts.

View the Environmental Impact Statement and associated documents.

Some of these documents are very large files. If you have trouble downloading, copies will be available to view at our Council offices. 

Sandhills Wetland Environmental Impact Statement(PDF, 4MB)


This project is funded by the NSW Public Open Spaces Legacy Program and the Australian Government through the Emergency Response Fund administered by NSW Reconstruction Authority’s Northern Rivers Recovery and Resilience Program 2022-23. 


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Site of the Sandhills Wetlands Project, Massinger Street, Byron Bay 2481  View Map

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