The severe coastal erosion plaguing Stockton is one step closer to a long-term solution.
A new report from the Geological Survey of NSW indicates that sand in the Stockton Bight may be suitable for beach renourishment.
“I’ve long said offshore dredging is the only viable long-term solution for Stockton Beach and I’m very pleased to say this report confirms we have the right sand and we are one step closer to making it happen,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said.
“I made a promise to the people of Stockton that we would set politics aside and put community at the heart of what we’re trying to achieve, and this is just the beginning of what’s possible if we all work together to get the best outcome.”
Today, while visiting Newcastle, Mr Barilaro released the Stockton Erosion Taskforce’s membership and terms of reference.
The Taskforce has been formed following the placement of the City of Newcastle’s draft Stockton Coastal Management Plan (CMP) on public exhibition.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the official formation of the taskforce was a critical step in achieving the best outcome for Stockton Beach and the Newcastle community.
“It is important that City of Newcastle plays a key role on the Stockton Erosion Taskforce and today’s announcement will allow that to happen,” Cr Nelmes said.
“We have developed a draft Stockton CMP in partnership with the local community, and in collaboration with the NSW Government, knowing that the Deputy Premier is committed to working closely with us to address long term erosion at Stockton.
“This issue is bigger than us as a City and any one Government department, which is why the Taskforce is so important in cutting through silos and determining a clear pathway for mass sand nourishment.
“I met with the Deputy Premier today to again discuss the future of Stockton Beach and I look forward to working with him and the Taskforce from our first meeting next month.”
The purpose of the taskforce is to provide advice and recommendations to both the NSW Government and City of Newcastle on such issues as sand sourcing, actions to mitigate loss of community amenity and seeking the priority capital and operational funding required.
Mr Barilaro will Chair the group, which will also feature representatives from the City of Newcastle, Stockton Community Liaison Group, Worimi Aboriginal Land Council, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Department of Regional NSW, Port of Newcastle and the NSW Coastal Council.
Go to the City of Newcastle website for more.