Stockton’s long-term coastal plan goes to Council after strong community endorsement.

City of Newcastle’s long-term management plan for Stockton’s erosion hit coastline will be decided at Tuesday night’s Council meeting following the public exhibition process.

Councillors will vote to adopt the Stockton Coastal Management Program (CMP), which proposes a mix of immediate and longer-term measures to replace sand lost from the heavily eroded beach.

Sand from land-based sources will initially be used, and immediate but minimal extensions of the existing buried seawalls.

An ongoing supply of dredged sand is needed for protection of Stockton peninsula. 

$3.1 million boost for cycleway link from the city to the beach.

The first stage of a cycleway linking city centre to Merewether Beach is underway – a 1.1 km section from Merewether Beach to Glebe Road at The Junction.

It will be a 2.5m-wide, bi-directional shared path along Watkins Street and Coane Street, between Watkins and John Parade, with new and upgraded crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor John MacKenzie with local cyclists and city mayor Nuatalie Nelmes.

Almost $5 million has been allocated to cycleways projects under the revised 2020-21 capital works budget, including $3.1 million for the Merewether to The Junction  cycleway, as well as funding for a missing cycleway link on University Drive between Blue Gum Road and the inner-city bypass in Birmingham Gardens.

Councillor and cycling enthusiast John Mackenzie welcomed the funding.

Cycleways deliver a range of benefits to the community by reducing pollution and congestion on our roads, improving a person’s health and wellbeing and reducing their environmental impact,” Cr Mackenzie said.

Our community has been very clear in stating that improved cycleways throughout the city would encourage people to swap the car for the bike in their daily commute to work and school.

Concept designs for the Merewether Beach to The Junction cycleway will go on public exhibition from Monday 29 June until Monday 27 July via the City of Newcastle website.

Museum welcomes back visitors.

Newcastle Museum resumes operations on Tuesday 23 June with three daily one-hour sessions being held between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Each session will be capped at 45 people, with the restrictions designed to allow visitors to enjoy many of the museum’s most popular attractions while still complying with the latest NSW Public Health Order.

Newcastle Museum Director Julie Baird said while the facility’s interactive attractions will remain closed for safety in line with State guidelines, the museum still offers an entertaining and informative experience that provides a fascinating insight into Newcastle’s rich heritage.

There is still more to discover, from the FIRE! Exhibition, A Newcastle Story, the popular BHP steelmaking simulation and the Cultural Resurgence and Kuueeyung exhibitions, which allow you to reflect on and absorb aspects of our rich local Aboriginal history and culture.”

The Museum will open from Tuesday to Saturday each week. Entry is free, however online bookings via www.newcastlemuseum.com.au are required before visitors arrive.