Stockton Coastal Management Program 2020
City of Newcastle has developed a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for Stockton in partnership with the local community.
City of Newcastle continues to work closely with our Stockton Community Liaison Group (SCLG), government agencies and members of our community to manage and care for our Stockton coastline. We recognise Stockton beach is precious to its local community and to those who visit Stockton each year.
The Final Draft Stockton CMP 2020 was developed in accordance with the Coastal Management Act 2016 and includes long-term actions to ensure we can help to effectively manage, maintain and protect Stockton’s coastline. For an inside look into the development of the Stockton CMP 2020 read our storyboard and also view the relevant detailed technical reports. You can also find some answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
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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.
Community & Stakeholder Engagement Results
The Stockton CMP was recently exhibited and community and agency stakeholders backed the proposed measures, with 73 per cent of community respondents indicating their support during the recent public exhibition period.
All agencies were supportive of an adaptive approach to the management of Stockton Beach.
An extensive engagement process has allowed us to carefully consider the needs of the community and agency stakeholders while preparing the final draft of the Stockton CMP.
The Final Draft Stockton CMP was adopted by Council on Tuesday 23 June 2020 and endorsed for submission to the NSW Minister for Local Government for review and certification under the Coastal Management Act 2016.
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