Trucked Sand Laid at Stockton Beach

Filed under Council, Environment & Pollution, Event & Venue, News ~ by Press on  17 Dec 2019

More than five thousand tonnes of sand is being laid at Stockton Beach.

Stockton Beach viewed south from Lexies – new sand visible at center.

The project is attempting to ameliorate severe erosion at the southern end of Stockton Beach and is also a pilot sand and wave-monitoring project to inform future management of the beach.

City of Newcastle planned the $350,000 project and applied to the NSW Government for funding in early October.

Up to 50 trucks a day are delivering sand to the eastern part of King Street using Fullerton Street and King Street from Nelson Bay Road. There was no public access to the southern section of Stockton Beach between the Lexie’s café beach access and King Street during sand delivery. King Street is still closed east of the Stockton Swimming Pool carpark but pedestrian and disability access to the southern reach is allowed.

Stockton Surf Life Saving Club President Callan Nickerson said the start of the project was good news for his members.

The Christmas holidays are a big part of our season with volunteer patrols and club members all using the beach so, while it may be short-term, we are looking forward to seeing the results and getting sand back on this stretch of the beach,” Mr Nickerson said.

While we welcome the start of the project, we are committed to fighting for a long-term solution for Stockton’s erosion problem."

A second stage involving placement of sand north of the Lexie’s Café accessway in front of the Surf Club, will be undertaken in early 2020 subject to further funding and approvals by the NSW Government, in conjunction with maintenance works on the SLSC seawall that have protected Lexie’s café and car park from further erosion.

Stockton Surf Life Saving Club sea wall (center right) where stage 2 sand will be placed. Stage 1 visible laid at center left.

The Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said southern sections of Stockton Beach are work zones and restrictions are for public safety and the safety of staff and contractors.

Heavy machinery is working on the beach and   trucks are travelling through the area,” the Lord Mayor said.

We are asking the public to exercise caution while these works are carried out and to comply with directional and safety signage and instructions.”

Lord Mayor said the City finalised approvals and trucked sand to Stockton Beach to complete Stage 1 before Christmas.

It is our priority to have this work completed before the busy Christmas period so locals and holiday makers can enjoy the beach and to limit the disruption caused by hundreds of truck movements and heavy machinery,” the Lord Mayor said.

Trucking sand to the beach is only a short-term response providing recreational amenity at Stockton Beach, and we’re continuing to work with the NSW Government to prepare the long-term plan for management of the beach.”

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