Coastal erosion emergency on the Central Coast

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  • Earthmoving equipment and rocks on Wamberal Beach
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

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For further updates about coastal erosion and ongoing work at Wamberal and North Entrance Beaches, click here.

Council has started emergency works to stablilise the escarpment at Wamberal Beach which will include craning rock filled bags on to the beach.

While strong winds and hazardous surf conditions have impacted the whole Coastline from Budgewoi right down to Pearl Beach, current areas of focus for emergency services are Wamberal, North Entrance, Terrigal and Avoca. We are supporting lead agencies in recovery assistance where needed.

What you can do

If you do not need to be in the area or any other beach area where barriers are in place, PLEASE stay away. Sightseers and other non-resident or non-essential visitors make it difficult for residents and essential services to do their work. They also endanger their own and others’ safety if they enter or go near eroded areas.

Please do not try to breach any beach access barriers, especially those to the impacted beach area below the buildings at Wamberal. You will endanger not only yourself, but may create further damage to the weakened dune system.

What we have been doing

Our teams are monitoring our coastal infrastructure, beach access points, coastal lagoon levels and are on standby to assist with the removal of any fallen trees due to the winds.

We have closed off all beach access ways that lead onto major erosion areas at North Entrance, Wamberal and other major beaches.

Wamberal

  • We have blocked all access to beach. Conditions are dangerous, please stay away.
  • Our crews have been out with NSW SES, speaking directly with residents impacted by high tides and swells and assisting in the protection of property.
  • Public works engineers have been onsite since Thursday night 16 July and have undertaken an initial assessment of the damage and affected buildings and homes. Their assessments have determined the next protective actions by authorities which will be discussed directly with impacted residents today.
  • Affected residents have been invited to attend a community meeting and those in high-risk properties have been asked to leave for their own personal safety. They have been provided the opportunity to return for personal effects and to secure their homes during low tide today and tomorrow. Welfare agencies have door knocked all affected properties daily to assess any needs/support including accommodation.
  • Utilities including power, gas and water have been switched off to affected properties only to avoid further risk.
  • Roads crews have closed the southbound parking lane on Ocean View Drive between Renown and Pacific Streets. This is to allow for easy access and parking for emergency vehicles while essential staff are attending the affected structures around Wamberal Beach. 
  • The area has been restricted to local residential traffic only.
  • Our teams are on standby to assist the lead agency, NSW SES if needed.
  • Crews will continue to monitor the area.

View our FAQs for Wamberal community members

Short and long term protection
Council has engaged leading coastal engineering consultancy Royal Haskoning DHV who will provide 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 $400K. 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 Programs 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.

For further history on coastal erosion management at Wamberal Beach visit: www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/Wamberal-revetment-wall

North Entrance

  • Our crews have inspected coastal erosion damage to the area.
  • Crews have blocked all access to the beach.
  • We have identified asbestos debris that has washed up on the beach and will remove this as soon as possible.
  • We are meeting with community members directly.

Terrigal Lagoon

  • Crews have reopened the berm and water levels continue to fall.
  • Crews continue to monitor the lagoon levels.

Terrigal

  • Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club stairs have been impacted by swells and crews have put in place temprary 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 reduce.
  • We have placed additional fencing in the car park for the safety of the community.
  • Sand has been pushed up into carpark and surrounds, and if anything moved sand and stabilised area around pine tree and bank.

 

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Last updated : Thu 23 Jul 2020