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Maintenance works program update

Stormwater works - Dalby Oval

  • City of Newcastle will undertake essential works this week to improve stormwater flows at Dalby Oval.  
  • Recent rain events have caused run-off from Dalby Oval, which has exacerbated erosion along the Stockton foreshore. 
  • Work to contain the run-off will include improvements to the field’s infiltration and construction of a new stormwater pit and pipe to drain excess flows off the oval.  
  • Efforts will be made to maintain pedestrian access from the rear of the Stockton Surf Life Saving Club to the oval, however minor disruptions may occur in the interest of prioritising pedestrian safety. 

Traffic Management

Traffic Control Improvements - Barrie Crescent and Mitchell Street, Stockton

  • City of Newcastle will undertake works to replace existing road barriers along Barrie Crescent, Mitchell and Pembroke Streets. 
  • The barrier boards at these locations will be replaced with safer, more durable water filled barriers. 
  • Water filled barriers provide increased safety as they are better able to withstand winds and storm conditions. Their installation will limit the amount of maintenance required to keep these traffic safety measures in place.  
  • The installation of the new barriers will not affect the current traffic arrangements in place. 

To facilitate community safety, existing barriers board traffic control arrangements will be replaced by water filled barriers in April. The following traffic controls will still remain including: 

  • 90-degree parking areas south of Pembroke Street on the ocean side of Mitchell Street is closed.  
  • Truck movements will be occurring in areas around Dalby Oval and War Memorial to facilitate minor stormwater overland control works. 
  • Barrie Crescent is still open to north-bound traffic only. 

Public Safety

  • In the interest of public safety, a number of accessways along Stockton Beach remain closed were public safety cannot be guaranteed. We have made every effort to open as many accessways as practically possible including King street and Little Beach.  The community is advised to keep away from the top and bottom of sand cliffs as they may be unstable and collapse without warning.  
  • Erosion had exposed significant amounts of historic material and debris which posed public safety risks. The clean up of any exposed debris is an ongoing work demand being meet by our maintenance staff as weather conditions permit. 
  • City of Newcastle requests all residents and visitors be aware of changed conditions and follow directional signage, warnings notices and instructions of City of Newcastle staff and other authorities. 

Works Undertaken

  • Relocation of compromised ocean-front cabins at the Stockton Holiday Park and works to properly secure cabins. 
  • The area north of Stockton SLSC seawall at Dalby Oval has been severely eroded and has an unstable sand cliff. The area has been fenced off for public safety and sandbagging and stormwater repairs undertaken. 
  • The southern end of the Mitchell Street seawall has an erosion escarpment with repairs undertaken using one and four-tonne sandbags. Inspections have identifed further sandbagging required to secure the emergency works. 
  • Reinfocing of the sandbag wall at Griffith Street was undertaken on Friday and Saturday 7 and 8 February with additional sandbags. Replacement of displaced bags is required. 
  • The accessway at Lexie’s Café has been closed and sandbag emergency protection undertaken to the south. 

Beach Access

  • All accessways to Stockton Beach have been closed until further notice and the community is advised to keep away from the top and bottom of sand cliffs as they may be unstable and collapse without warning. There is also exposed debris that poses a public safety risk. 
  • City of Newcastle requests all residents and visitors be aware of changed conditions and follow directional signage, warnings notices and the instructions of authorities. There are also changes to traffic conditions that must be followed.
     

Related Documents

  1. Stormwater Works
  2. Traffic Management