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Seawall at McCauley’s

 

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Beach storm damage after the last big surf at Bulli

THERE’S still time to have your say about the proposed design of a seawall at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul.

Wollongong City Council is seeking feedback on a proposal to protect the embankment at the end of Corbett Ave which is eroding due to coastal wave action and storm events.

Work to stabilise the embankment is now required to protect the road and maintain safe access to the public reserve and private property.

Council has proposed constructing a gently sloping seawall of armour rock that will dissipate wave energy and allow seawater to percolate through the wall. The design has been reviewed by an independent coastal engineer and is not expected to impact the surf break. The wall will be above mid tide on the beach and will not be at the water’s edge in normal weather.

Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works, Mike Hyde, said the proposed design is not final and people are encouraged to have their say before submissions close on 30 September.

“The work is designed to protect community assets not private property,” he said. “However, we have been liaising with local property owners due to the proximity of the works.

“The work will also include constructing a permanent stairway from the public reserve to McCauleys Beach.”

Once the design is finalised, it’s anticipated work will take about six months depending on tide, swell and weather conditions and will not commence until 2017.

Council has liaised and satisfied the requirements of a number of Authorities including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and the Regional Coastal Panel.

For more information or to view the plans visit Council’s website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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One thought on “Seawall at McCauley’s

  1. The WCC building approvals for this low lying, creek edge flood area should never have been given.
    Especially the latest one, the Mac Mansion house by the bridge.
    The owner now expects us to pay to protect it.

    The area should have been brought back by WCC after admitting their error/s.
    This would have distanced the ‘new’ council and it planning dept from WCC Private Pay for Rezoning era.

    Unfortunately in its foresight and honesty in addressing problems the new WCC is not that removed.
    As WCC’s Mike Hyde demonstrates by denying that it is about protecting private property.

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    Posted by Michael Crighton | September 22, 2016, 12:05 am

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