With five metre south-easterly swells predicted for late this afternoon and evening, councils are expecting ongoing sand erosion.

Midcoast Council is watching vulnerable sites at Old Bar and Jimmys Beach, but said erosion could occur along most of the coastline.

Since the last weather event a fortnight ago, 3,000 cubic metres of sand was moved onto Jimmys Beach. That operation is suspended during the current weather.

Erosion at Jimmys Beach has long been identified and managed by Council,” said Andrew Staniland, MidCoast Council Project Manager,

The situation of numerous events close to each other is identified in the Coastal Zone Management Plan, highlighting how vulnerable this section of our coast is to storm action and erosion,” said Mr Staniland.

For several years, Council has successfully provided a sand buffer through its sand restoration program to prevent the erosion of The Boulevarde, endorsed by community as the most effective measure at the time, ahead of hard engineering solutions.

Stockton erosion plan gets Ministerial OK.

Newcastle become the first in NSW to have a coastal management program (CMP) confirmed under the Government’s new coastal management framework.

Stockton Beach temporary erosion mitigation work in 2020.

With the CMP included in the NSW Government Gazette published Friday, work can start on those approved actions, including a $4 million sand restoration program and construction of infrastructure to prevent further erosion.

“The collaboration between City of Newcastle staff, the Stockton Community Liaison Group, agency stakeholders and the NSW Government has been essential during the preparation of the CMP,” said Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

We look forward to continuing to work with the NSW Government on addressing coastal hazards at Stockton Beach through this process and thank Minister Shelley Hancock for her continued support, and the Deputy Premier John Barilaro for his ongoing work in establishing the Stockton Beach Taskforce.” 

The CMP was subject to rigorous consultation and extensive community engagement. Seventy-three per cent of community respondents indicated their support for the plan, which proposes a mix of immediate and longer-term measures to replenish the heavily eroded beach and protect Stockton’s coastal assets. 

The CMP was also unanimously endorsed by the elected Council before being submitted to the State Government on 30 June this year.

Longer-term actions under the Stockton CMP include a mass offshore marine sand restoration campaign of 2.4 million cubic metres and an ongoing 10-year maintenance program to provide the necessary protection for Stockton. 

The Deputy Premier’s Stockton Beach Taskforce and the State Government will explore where to source sand for the mass offshore beach replacement that is both affordable and suitable. The taskforce had its inaugural meeting on 16 June 2020.

Central Coast Stonewalling the Waves

Five and half thousand tonnes of rock have been placed on North Entrance and Wamberal Beaches, by Central Coast Council crews, during the recent coastal erosion emergency response.

1,800 tonnes of large basalt rocks have been placed directly on Wamberal Beach with 1,720 tonnes of rock filled bags craned in from Ocean View Drive.

At North Entrance – just over 2,060 tonnes of rock has been placed on the beach there between Karagi Reserve beach access and Hargraves Street beach access since the work began two weeks ago.

Works are expected to take a further two to three weeks at Wamberal. More four tonne bags will arrive today and Ocean View Drive will close while these works continue. Sand restoration and rock armour work on the beach will continue for the next few weeks.

At North Entrance large rocks are still being placed on the beach at the toe of the escarpment during low tide with works expected to continue over the next week.

North Entrance and Wamberal beaches remain closed in front of affected properties. Beachgoers are advised to stay away from the work areas for their own safety.