High tides at Jimmys Beach on Thursday and Friday evenings will continue to threaten the Beach.

Erosion of Jimmys Beach, Hawks Nest.

Significant erosion of the sand buffer placed on the Beach in August 2019 has occurred, and Council says that beach conditions are currently dangerous and people should stay well away from surf and surf-exposed areas.

We have temporarily closed The Boulevarde with the exception of local resident access and we ask that people stay away from the area for their own safety, until conditions improve and the beach has been made safe for access,” said Council’s Coastal Management Coordinator, Andrew Staniland.

The beach borders the southern edge of Hawks Nest and is exposed to the full force of sou’eastery waves entering Port Stephens.

Large swells and winds continue in the wake of this week’s severe weather event on the NSW east coast.

Weather forecasts are predicting large swells and strong winds to continue until early Saturday morning.

While conditions may ease on Saturday, the Jimmys Beach area is likely to continue to be unsafe for some days after, until works can be undertaken.

Dedging is underway in the eastern channel of the Lower Myall River to reclaim 120,000 cubic metres of sand.

Council estimates around 40,000 cubic metres of sand will be needed to replenish Jimmys Beach after this event, with the remaining sand stockpiled for future sand replacement via the recently installed sand transfer system.

Following the storm, we will review affected areas and undertake restorative work to ensure safety as required,” said Mr Staniland.

Prior Warning

On Tuesday (14th July) MidCoast Council warned that the severe weather system was expected to affect the region, with damaging winds and surf along the coast and the potential for coastal erosion.

The Bureau of Meteorology had issued a severe weather warning for blusterly winds and heavy seas along the coastline.

Council was monitoring erosion hot spots at Jimmys Beach, Hawks Nest, and Old Bar Beach, where previous sand buffering operations were undertaken in preparation for such events.

Jimmys Beach is inside Port Stephens but directly exposed to storm waves from the south east. Beach is at mid-right.