Coalcliff bank work

WORK will begin on stabilising the embankment at Coalcliff Beach next Monday.
Wollongong City Council is carrying out the works to prevent further scouring of the embankment in front of the surf club by large seas and swell. As part of the project, large sand bags will be placed in front of the embankment. It’s anticipated the works will take about four weeks.
The project will provide a short-term solution to the issue of scouring in the area while Council continues to investigate long-term options for the site. As part of this, geotechnical drilling was carried out in the area about two weeks ago. The boreholes dug by the drill will allow for engineering and environmental assessments to be carried out, and a permanent design solution reached.
“This is a complex site and one that has a number of factors we have to consider including the environment and heritage,’’ Mike Hyde, Wollongong City Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works said.
“The works will take place on weekdays between 7am-3.30pm and during this time the surf club’s car park will be closed to the public. There will be traffic and pedestrian control measures in place. We’ve taken this step as we’ll have some large plant equipment in place moving the sand bags about. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding as we carry out this vital work.’’
The car park will be reopened outside of work times, and on weekends. Drivers can park on the entrance road that leads to the surf club and there is alternative access to the beach from Paterson Road.
For more information call (02) 4227 7111 or visit

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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