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Cooks Hill surf club members wlecome Bar Beach improvements


Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club president Michael Clancy has welcomed moves to further repair and enhance Bar Beach.

His joy comes after City of Newcastle (CN) put out a call for tenders for the next stage of rehabilitation works at the popular coastal destination.

The stretch of beach, and the clubhouse, suffered significant damage from huge swells in April 2022.

Since then, a staged program of works is being delivered to ensure minimal disruption to beach users.

They were initially undertaken at Bar Beach following the storm to enable use of the facilities and provide temporary vehicular access to the site.

More work was carried out in 2023, including the construction of a temporary beach access ramp and upgraded balustrade fencing to replace temporary water-filled barriers.

Mr Clancy said the ongoing remediation was hailed by the local community.

“Cooks Hill Surf Club and the extended community that we serve are looking forward to seeing the work underway in coming months,” he stated.

“I’m sure it will improve beach access for all.”

The next phase of remediation work will concentrate on the southern end of the promenade adjoining Cooks Hills Surf Life Saving Club, including the reinstatement of a vehicle access ramp from Memorial Drive to the beach, and new stairs to enhance pedestrian access to the sand.

A wave deflector wall topped with a walkway and handrail will be constructed to help protect the surf club and provide pedestrian access across the front of the building.

Council’s executive director city infrastructure Clint Thomson said CN was continuing to increase accessibility for emergency service vehicles, lifesavers and beachgoers.

“City of Newcastle is committed to ensuring all members of our community and visitors can continue to access Bar Beach, while delivering improvements to our valuable recreational areas,” he added.

“We worked with Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club to schedule the work outside of the busy summer season, with construction expected to begin mid-year following a tender process.”

City of Newcastle received $1 million in funding from the Australian and New South Wales governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Council will also liaise with coastal experts to develop a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for the stretch of beaches between Nobbys and Burwood.

The CMP will consider the increasing exposure to coastal hazards and explore long-term management options for this highly valued and much utilised stretch of coastline.

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