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.