Coastal erosion - Emergency and Recovery


  • Rocks protecting beach from erosion

3 August 2020

Central Coast Council is working closely with State Government agencies to respond to significant areas of coastal erosion at Wamberal Beach and The Entrance North and to assist residents impacted by this. 

Council is undertaking emergency remediation works under official orders made by the Local Emergency Operations Controller soon after the initial emergency occurred. 

What we are doing


  • Work continues in the placement of large rock-filled bags at the base of the Wamberal Beach escarpment.
  • Ocean View Dr is closed until at least 5.30pm on Monday 3 August to accommodate a large crane which is being used to place the bags. A detour is available from Lake View Rd and Dover Rd northbound and Renown St and Lake View Rd southband. Motorists are advised to take care when travelling in the area and use alternate routes including via Willoughby Rd.
  • The beachfront remains closed in front of affected houses and Wamberal Surf Club carpark is closed as it is being used as a holding area for the works.
  • Crews will continue to monitor the area and remain on standby to provide further assistance.
  • We are taking every possible care to ensure the works are carried out with community safety at the forefront.

View our FAQs for Wamberal community members

North Entrance

  • All access to the beach has been closed. Please stay away from the area. 
  • Coastal engineers have advised on the placement of rocks on the beach to repair existing coastal protection works which have been degraded by the recent conditions to help protect nearby properties.
  • Community meetings have been held with affected residents and they are being kept up to date with Council action.

View our FAQs for North Entrance Community Members

Terrigal Lagoon

  • Crews reopened the lagoon and continue to monitor the lagoon levels.


  • Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club stairs have been impacted by swells and crews have put in place temporary fencing to block beach access.
  • Crews continue to monitor the lagoon levels.

Avoca – Ficus Car park

  • Our crews inspected the car park and have determined repair works to commence as soon as tides and swells make it possible.
  • We have placed additional fencing in the car park for the safety of the community.
  • Sand has been pushed up into carpark and surrounds.

What you can do

We know that many of you are keen to see what is happening but this causes more stress for those involved. If you do not need to be in the area or any other beach area where barriers are in place, PLEASE stay away. This allows essential services to do their work and helps keep everyone safe. 

Please do not try to breach any beach access barriers, especially those to the impacted beach area below the buildings at Wamberal. This is for yours and other’s safety.

Short and long-term protection

Council has engaged leading coastal engineering consultancy Royal Haskoning DHV who are providing recommendations for recovery actions to mitigate further damage in the short term.

In May this year, Council engaged Manly Hydraulics Laboratory to prepare concept plans for a terminal protection structure at Wamberal to assist residents in implementing a long-term solution. This is part funded by Council and the NSW Government through the Coast and Estuary Grants Program at a total cost of approximately $400,000. It will include workshops with residents and key stakeholders and this work is expected to be completed later in 2020.

Council is also preparing Coastal Management Plans for the entire Central Coast coastline, in accordance with the NSW Coastal Management Framework.  These will be completed prior to the end of 2021. As part of that process, there will be significant consultation with our community to finalise those plans.

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Last updated : Mon 3 Aug 2020