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.