Stockton Coastal Management

Stockton Coastal Management Program 2020 

Page last updated on 3 November 2020

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. To help to protect and preserve this unique area of coastline City of Newcastle (CN) has developed a Coastal Management Program (CMP) for Stockton in partnership with the local community.   

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 CN 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 the Stockton Community Liaison Group, government agencies, coastal experts and members of our community to develop an achievable strategy that worked to maintain Stockton’s sense of identity.

The Final Stockton CMP was published in the Government Gazette on the 7 August 2020 and can be viewed, along with supporting documentation below. To learn more about the development of the CMP take a look at our storyboard.

For the most recent updates regarding works at Stockton Beach visit our Stockton Beach Works Update page. 

Stockton CMP

View the Stockton Coastal Management Program August 2020 (PDF) 


The certification allows the City to move forward with the implementation of the CMP’s immediate actions.

To learn more about what's involved with coastal processes visit our Natural Connection page. 

Deputy Premier's Stockton Beach Taskforce

The Stockton Beach Taskforce, chaired by the Deputy Premier, was established to drive the implementation of the sustainable long-term solutions to the coastal erosion issues for Stockton Beach within the framework of the CMP. Key areas of focus encompass investigation into sand sourcing options including onshore and offshore sources, actions to mitigate loss of community amenity from engineering solutions and seeking the capital and operational funding required.

Its membership consists of Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp MP, and representatives from the Worimi Aboriginal Land Council, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), Department of Regional NSW, Port of Newcastle, NSW Coastal Council, Stockton Community Liaison Group and City of Newcastle, and two community representatives.

Find the minutes from previous meetings below:

Next Steps

The Stockton Bight Sand Movement Study and inundation component of the Stockton Beach Coastal Erosion Hazard Assessment are due for completion by late October 2020 and will help inform the development of coastal management options for northward of Meredith Street, Stockton to LGA boundary. A revised Stockton CMP incorporating this expanded scope will be completed by December 2021.

Historical Reference Material

Numerous historical investigations and subsequent strategies have been developed to understand and manage the coastal processes that result in beach erosion and shoreline recession at Stockton. The current investigations undertaken as part of the Stockton CMP 2020 reviewed the outputs of the historical investigations listed below. The 2020 analysis now provides the most comprehensive review and consolidates all previous studies to date including:

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

The City has engaged a wide range of stakeholders, including the Stockton Community Liaison Group (SCLG), to develop the Stockton CMP.

Stockton Beach Works Updates

More information and latest updates on the response and management of erosion at Stockton Beach.