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Plan for Stockton receives green light

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Stockton’s coastal erosion is one step closer to a solution as City of Newcastle’s long-term plan receives the green light.

The coastal management program (CMP) was certified by the NSW Government, meaning work can begin on implementing the approved actions.

These include $4 million towards a sand nourishment program as well as the construction of essential infrastructure to prevent further erosion and risk to public and private assets.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the certification was the result of the immense effort of City of Newcastle staff and the community.

“The collaboration between City of Newcastle staff, the Stockton Community Liaison Group, agency stakeholders and the NSW Government has been essential during the preparation of the CMP,” she said.

“Our shared passion and dedication to achieving a positive future for Stockton has enabled the timely development of this long-term solution for coastal erosion, which has mass sand nourishment at its core, and I thank all those involved for their commitment and genuine, cooperative approach.”

Cr Nelmes added the council would continue to work with the state government to address coastal hazards at Stockton Beach.

The CMP was subject to rigorous consultation and extensive community engagement.

More than 70% of community respondents indicated their support for the plan, which proposes a mix of immediate and longer-term measures to replenish the heavily eroded beach and protect Stockton’s coastal assets.

The CMP was also unanimously endorsed by the City before being submitted to the State Government on 30 June.

Longer-term actions under the Stockton CMP include a mass offshore marine sand nourishment campaign of 2.4 million cubic metres and an ongoing 10-year maintenance program to provide the necessary protection for Stockton.

The Deputy Premier’s Stockton Beach Taskforce and the State Government will explore all opportunities to source sand for the mass offshore beach nourishment that is affordable and suitable.

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