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Community group pleased with plan for Stockton

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The Stockton Community Liaison Group has responded positively to information about a plan for managing the suburb’s ongoing erosion crisis.

Group Chair Barbara Whitcher said after years of very robust engagement with City of Newcastle and lead agencies, it appeared a positive way forward could be set through Stockton’s Coastal Management Program (CMP).

“The Stockton Community Liaison Group has been meeting regularly with City of Newcastle for more than two years, advocating for our community’s interests through what is a complex issue of managing ongoing coastal erosion,” Ms Whitcher said.

“Yesterday (Thursday 7 May) our Liaison Group was given an overarching brief on the draft Stockton CMP and overall, we are pleased and relieved that sand nourishment is at the centre of the plan for both amenity and asset protection in line with our constant feedback.

“The draft CMP will be put on public exhibition next week and we will be encouraging everyone to have their say before it is submitted to the NSW Government for approval.” 

City of Newcastle will be one of the first councils in NSW to submit a CMP when it lodges the plan by the end of June, meeting a shortened deadline of 18 months.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the Stockton Community Liaison Group had played a pivotal role in shaping the CMP.

“Thank you to the Stockton Community Liaison Group for your dedication, leadership and advocacy in developing a long-term solution for Stockton that returns sand to the beach for both amenity and asset protection,” Cr Nelmes said.

“The collaboration between City of Newcastle staff, the NSW Government and community has been key to the development of the draft CMP, which has sand nourishment as the cornerstone of our long-term solution to coastal erosion. 

“I want to acknowledge [the] commitment and genuine cooperative approach that’s been achieved by our shared passion and dedication to achieving a positive future for Stockton.”

Go to City of Newcastle’s website for more.

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