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Canton Beach sandstone wall upgrades and repairs are on the way!

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 7 Feb 2024
Canton Beach sandstone log restoration works and upgrades will commence Thursday 15 February to restore and enhance the usability of the beach, improve safety, and help prevent erosion.

Central Coast Council has received $256,000 from the Australian and NSW Governments as part of the Local Government Recovery Grants Program, under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to help restore areas affected by storm and flood events in 2022.

Council Director of Environment and Planning, Alice Howe said that Council is pleased to be able to restore and upgrade the Canton Beach sandstone log wall.

“After an east coast low event in March 2022 Tuggerah lakes saw levels rise above the top of the existing wall which caused erosion and pushed the sandstone logs to rotate seaward,” Dr Howe said.

“Thanks to the funding from the Australian and NSW Government we will be able to reinstate and increase the height of the sandstone log wall and improve drainage behind the wall to help it withstand future weather events.”

The full list of works include:

  • Increasing the height of the wall and placing a stepped finish to help prevent erosions and subsidence, and support access to the beach.
  • New drainage works to be installed behind the wall.
  • Sand nourishment works – additional sand will be placed along the beach to help mitigate erosion.
  • Supply and install turf as required along the back of the sandstone wall.

“Construction is anticipated to take eight weeks with minimal impacts to the community. Fitness amenities, park shelters and boat ramp access will not be affected,” Dr Howe said.

To ensure work can be safely conducted the following will have limited access:

  • The playspace will mostly be unaffected with an anticipated one week of temporary closure to allow for the works to be safely conducted in front of the playspace.
  • Shared pathways may be temporarily closed or detoured.
  • There will also be limited access to sections of the beachfront and parking may be restricted due to delivery of materials and allow access of construction vehicles.

Council Administrator Rik Hart said we are pleased to have received a Local Government Recovery Grant from the Australian and NSW Governments.

"Our beaches are valuable assets that benefit the lifestyle and health of Central Coast residents and visitors. We look forward to project completion,” Mr Hart said.

ADVICE

  • Please stay away from the impacted area.
  • Please keep personal safety front-of-mind and remain behind any barriers that crews have put in place.
  • Stay up-to-date by checking Council’s website here or Council’s Facebook page here for updates

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

 
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