Stockton Coastal Management

Stockton Coastal Management Program 2020 

Page last updated on 7 August 2020 

City of Newcastle (CN) has developed a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for Stockton in partnership with the local community. 

It is recognised by the City of Newcastle that Stockton Beach is precious to its local community and to those who visit Stockton each year. 

The Final Stockton CMP was certified on the 7 August 2020 and can be viewed below along with the supporting documentation:

Stockton CMP

View the Stockton Coastal Management Program August 2020 (PDF) 


Certification of the Stockton CMP Timeline

  • 23 June 2020 - The Final Draft Stockton CMP was adopted by Council. 
  • Late July 2020 - The Final Stockton CMP was certified by the Minister for Local Government as meeting the requirements of the Coastal Management Act 2016.
  • 7 August 2020 - Notification of the Stockton CMP was published in the NSW Government Gazette.

The certification allows the City to move forward with the implementation of the CMP’s immediate actions. The coast is constantly evolving and thus its management must be based on rigorous and current scientific investigation. The Stockton CMP 2020 includes long-term actions to ensure we can help to effectively manage, maintain and protect Stockton’s coastline. The Stockton CMP was developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act 2016 (CM Act) and Coastal Management Manual

City of Newcastle worked closely with the Stockton Community Liaison Group (SCLG), government agencies, coastal experts and members of our community to develop an achievable strategy that worked to maintain Stockton’s sense of identity. 

For an inside look into the development and key actions of the Stockton CMP 2020 read our storyboard.

To learn more about what's involved with coastal processes read more about the Natural Connection

What's the long term plan to manage Stockton's coastline?

The Stockton CMP presents a long-term plan for the management of the Stockton coastline that reflects community input, the objectives of CN, and the CM Act, delivering sustained benefits of amenity and coastal protection for the area between the Northern Breakwater of the Hunter River and Meredith Street. The coastal management strategy within the Stockton CMP has been developed using current scientific and economic investigations, which provides an iterative program of adaptable risk mitigation actions to address identified threats and issues that are feasible, viable and acceptable for CN and the community. The Stockton CMP identifies that an initial mass sand nourishment campaign of 2.4 million cubic metres from offshore sources is required for beach amenity and asset protection in addition to immediate works to address amenity and critical areas of identified risk.

This includes an initial sand nourishment campaign to the value of $4 Million from land-based (or other permissible) sources, while undertaking essential protection works to the ends of existing seawalls to address the imminent risk of losing property and community assets. 

To address the complexities surrounding the mass nourishment required, the NSW Deputy Premier has announced the formation of a Taskforce of government agencies, City of Newcastle and community representatives, to work together to address Stockton’s erosion issues. City of Newcastle is committed to working with the Deputy Premier’s Taskforce and the NSW Government to explore all opportunities to source sand for beach nourishment that is affordable and suitable (i.e. meet the technical specifications of CN’s Sand Management Guideline). This includes the permissibility of accessing marine sand and identifying suitable funding opportunities.  

Overall, the Stockton CMP takes an adaptive approach to coastal hazard risk mitigation based on what is feasible, viable and acceptable for the community and the City of Newcastle.   

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