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Coalcliff beach restoration

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Coalcliff pool and beach. Photo: Wollongong City Council.

WOLLONGONG City Council will continue repairs to the Coalcliff Beach embankment following the extensive damage and erosion during an intense east coast low storm event in June 2016.

The popular beach suffered the effects of the storm that brought torrential rain, gale force winds and massive waves all along the coast of NSW from Byron Bay to Eden. As a result of the storm there was substantial erosion to the embankment at Coalcliff.

The remediation work has been phased and this latest round, due to start on 1 May will complete the project.

The work includes the construction of a new ‘Elcorock’ wall to stabilise the embankment and landscaping on the new and existing seawall.

Manager Project Delivery [Acting] Robert Ryan said the work will ensure the long term stability of the area and surrounding buildings and prepare for future weather events.

“The East Coast low event in 2016 was particularly intense. However, similar events may happen once every ten years or so. The work that we do now, using the latest technology in shoreline protection, will ensure that the area is better equipped to deal with constant exposure and unpredictable weather events,” Mr Ryan said.

There may be restrictions in place along parts of the beach during construction which will be marked by barriers and signage. Safe public access will be maintained to the beach for the duration of the project.

For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

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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 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 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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