Visitors to Stockton Beach may have noticed that we have started setting up a works site to build an underground rock seawall.
The 140-metre barrier will run between the Stockton Surf Club in the north to Lexie's Café in the south.
This is very important work, which will protect amenity buildings, the carpark, and café, all of which were under serious threat during that intense East Coast low in June.
Work will start at the southern end of the beach near the caravan park and move north to the surf club. Sections of the car park and Darby Oval will be used for a construction compound and remain inaccessible during the work.
When completed, the majority of the seawall will be buried under a reconstructed sand dune. Parts of the seawall's back section will remain exposed and will be visible from the surf club. The retaining wall-like structure is expected to take about four months to complete, depending on weather and tidal conditions.
Beach access will be temporarily altered during construction. I would ask Stockton residents and beachgoers to be mindful of the works and show patience when they see heavy machinery on and around the beach and a construction base to the rear. The seawall is essential to ensuring the long-term stability and protection of coastal assets while preserving the beach's current amenity and access points.