Community safety is city's highest priority | City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes

PRIORITY: City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says the council's priority is keeping the community safe and ensuring Stockton is a usable beach.

PRIORITY: City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says the council's priority is keeping the community safe and ensuring Stockton is a usable beach.



It has been a confronting few weeks watching large swells eat away at our cherished coastline along Stockton Beach.

At City of Newcastle, we are doing everything we can to keep the community safe and find a solution with the NSW Government to this escalating issue.

Since the storms of 2015, we have invested $5 million to address erosion at Stockton, including the construction of infrastructure that is currently protecting community assets like Stockton Surf Life Saving Club. We have already undertaken emergency works at Stockton Beach in response to the unprecedented erosion impacts in recent weeks.

This has included protecting sections of the coastline with one-tonne sandbags and closing beach access for public safety. We are now preparing to complete multi-million dollar works at the northern end of the Mitchell Street seawall.

Our priority is keeping the community safe. We remind people to remain away from the top and bottom of the sand cliffs as they have potential to collapse without warning.

I want to assure you, however, that while the images showing the huge loss of sand immediately in front of Stockton SLSC, the adjacent car park and Lexie's Café are difficult to see, coastal engineers have confirmed the seawall is working and these areas are protected for the long-term.

We want Stockton Beach to be a usable beach enjoyed by the public and will continue our efforts to achieve this goal.

Stockton Beach is a quintessential part of our Novocastrian identity and the City of Newcastle stands with the Stockton community in this challenging time.

Matt Murray