Coastal Alert

Filed under Alert & Warning ~ by Press on  7 Feb 2020

Precautionary action taken ahead of hazardous conditions.

City of Newcastle is taking precautionary actions ahead of predicted large ocean swells and high tides with heavy rainfall predicted for Saturday and Sunday (7 and 8 February 2020).

The east coast rain depression and predicted 2-metre high tide on Sunday, 9 February, increases the likelihood of erosion at Stockton Beach, potentially create dangerous conditions for coastal activities, increase potential for localised flooding, and a risk of fallen trees.

City of Newcastle is reinforcing the sand-bag wall at north Stockton near Griffith Street and Stone Street using additional one-tonne sandbags.

Mitchell-Stone Street seawall ~ view south from Griffith Avenue in January 2020.

Traffic and pedestrian changes are in place for Stockton from Friday 7 February during the works:

  • Barrie Crescent in Stockton will be open for one-way traffic only
  • No parking zones will be established in Barrie Crescent Stockton

The Stockton Beach accessways along the Mitchell Street seawall and the northern access at Stone Street will be closed and the accessways at the Stockton Surf Life Saving Club and near Lexie’s Café will be monitored and may be closed subject to conditions.

Other locations across Newcastle that may be affected by hazardous conditions include:

  • Shortland Esplanade and promenades along City beaches, including the Newcastle and Merewether Ocean Baths
  • All beaches in the Newcastle Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Low-lying roads
  • Local roads across the Newcastle LGA.

In addition, the City will close all of its sportsgrounds for competition games and training. Sportsgrounds will be reassessed on Monday with an update on their suitability for use.

City of Newcastle warns residents and visitors to beware changing conditions and potential road closures, to follow directional signage, and warning notices.

To stay up to date on the most current weather warnings, please follow the Bureau of Meteorology

For emergency advice contact State Emergency Service Phone 132 500

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