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Popular Nelson Bay dive site to undergo facelift

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The popular Pipeline Dive Site in Nelson Bay is set to undergo another major facelift from this week… three years after a landslip damaged the area.

Work, to enhance access and safety, continues following the completion of the first stage, which included a new retaining wall, improved stormwater drainage and a reinforced concrete pathway along the most impacted section of Teramby Road.

NSW Government funding will also allow Port Stephens Council to significantly upgrade the diver entry stairway, installation of a dive preparation table and compliance safety signage.

The project is scheduled for completion in September.

Council’s director facilities and infrastructure Greg Kable said it marked the final phase of the organisation’s rectification program.

“This has been a top priority since the 2021 storm disaster impacted Port Stephens,” he explained.

“We’ve listened closely to surrounding businesses and the dive community throughout the process.

“Crown Lands provided $2 million to council to help remediate the landslip and construct the scuba dive entry access and pathway.”

Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer echoed the project’s importance.

“The Pipeline Dive Site is a renowned macro-dive location and a photographer’s paradise,” he said.

“These landslip rectification works and upgrades will be a welcome improvement for the diving community and surrounding businesses.

“We appreciate the patience of our community as we complete these essential works.”

Crown Lands executive director of land and asset management Greg Sullivan said the repairs and upgrades would support residents, more tourism and the local economy.

“This important project will improve safe access to a key coastal spot and ensure scuba divers can enjoy the waters off Teramby Road and the Pipeline,” he added.

“Nelson Bay and the Port Stephens region is a world-class scuba location and marine park with vibrant fish, invertebrates and marine habitats and lots of top dive spots to explore at the shoreline and nearby islands.”

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