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Update on Wamberal Beach Recovery Operation

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 20 Jul 2020
Central Coast Council is continuing to work with the NSW State Emergency Service, NSW Police and local residents in response to coastal erosion affecting a number of properties at Wamberal.

Ocean View Drive at Wamberal is currently closed to general traffic to allow emergency vehicles, residents and essential services access to the area. Wamberal Beach has also been closed to the public to manage safety and minimise risk to the community. The road was expected to reopen after 4pm Monday 20 July.

Council thanks the community for their patience and understanding while emergency works are carried out and ask them to obey all signage and instructions and to stay away from the area if possible.

Public Works engineers are on site and continuing their important assessments which are informing the operation.

Leading coastal engineering consultancy Royal Haskoning DHV will provide recommendations for recovery actions to mitigate further beach erosion in the short term.

Assisting local residents

A community meeting was held with affected residents on Sunday and those in high-risk properties were advised to leave for their own personal safety. Residents were able to return to gather personal effects and to secure their homes during low tide yesterday and today. Welfare agencies are continuing to contact the affected properties daily to assess any needs and provide ongoing support including accommodation. 18 properties, amounting to 43 residences are impacted with ten residents being provided with temporary accommodation.

Utilities including power, gas and water have been switched off to affected properties. Properties in the danger area have been fenced off for public safety. NSW Police and security patrols are monitoring the area.

Council clarifies role in response to media statement issued by Mr Adam Crouch, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast on 20 July 2020

Central Coast Council has confirmed it is responding to disaster response requests from the Local Emergency Operations Controller (LEOCON) as one of the organisations responding to the severe coastal erosion event caused by the recent weather that continues to detrimentally impact areas of the coastline.

Under the legislative requirements of the State Emergency Management Plan, Council provides resources to support the LEOCON and in this instance is taking direction from Superintendent Joice - LEOCON, Central Coast Emergency Management District.   The Local Emergency Operations Centre at Kariong has been activated to bring agencies together and take critical actions to manage the immediate resident and public safety risks at Wamberal and North Entrance.   

Central Coast Council staff have been supporting the State Emergency Services since last Thursday.  

The State Emergency Management Plan was issued under the authority of the Minister for Emergency Services pursuant to the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989.   For more information about roles and responsibilities, search the NSW Government website.

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