Stockton Beach offshore exploration project finds suitable sand – news of the area

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STOCKTON Beach has been in the forefront of the media for many years and recently a big step in management has been taken.

Announced on July 1, 2021, the results of the Stockton Beach offshore exploration project concluded that there are three potential sources of offshore sand that would be suitable for feeding the beach.

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This work confirmed what many suspected; that the sands of the Hunter River and the sands of the bay would be suitable.

Newcastle Member State MP Tim Crakanthorp spoke of the achievement: “A lot of work has happened in the background and we have come a long way since we were twelve months ago.

Many residents of Stockton were eager to hear this announcement and eagerly awaited information on the New South Wales budget funding allocation for the beach, as discussed in the July 1 issue of Port Stephens News Of The Area.

Mr Crakanthorp confirmed that there was an allocation of $ 1 million for the next fiscal year for the offshore exploration project.

The next steps in this project include handing over the data to the Board who will then decide which sand option to use.

Council will apply for a permit to recover the sand and then assess it.

At this current stage, the Council is unable to provide a dollar figure for the next step until a decision is made on the suitability of the sand.

“I thank the community of Stockton for their patience while this necessary work has been undertaken.

“I also thank the Deputy Prime Minister and his team from the Ministry of Planning, Industry and Environment, as well as the Mines, Exploration and Geosciences team for their efforts,” said Mr. Crakanthorp.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s task force saw stakeholders from different political stripes, levels of government, ministries and walks of life work together to achieve a result for the community of Stockton.

Mr Crakanthorp is a member of this task force and as a local MP he will continue to work with all stakeholders to see the sand return to Stockton Beach.

“This working group has a common goal and I have no doubts that we will continue to move forward,” he said.

By Tara CAMPBELL


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