Exposed rubbish will be removed from North Stockton Beach thanks to a NSW Liberal National Government $1 million emergency funding allocation to rehabilitate the heritage tip site.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the Crown land site adjacent to the beach had been recently impacted by coastal erosion.
“After a weekend of large swells earlier this month part of a former rubbish tip was exposed on a section of the North Stockton Beach,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Clearly this is a situation that must be dealt with urgently to ensure the safety of the community and the protection of the local environment.
“The Department of Industry – Lands has been working closely with Newcastle City Council and Hunter Water to complete the preliminary work, including waste classification, needed to get emergency rehabilitation work underway.”
The Department will continue working with Hunter Water and their contractors to complete the emergency work, which will involve the removal of waste from the beach and away from the coast line, consistent with work already completed.
Mr MacDonald said a long term management plan for the area would also be negotiated once emergency works have been completed.
“Management of coastal erosion is a complex issue involving multiple Government and non-government organisations.”
“We will continue to support the development of a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the area.”
CEO of Newcastle City Council Mr Jeremy Bath said “Council welcomes this funding from the NSW Government and we will continue to collaborate with their agencies to clean up this legacy site.”
Work will take around two weeks to complete, weather permitting.