The State Government has provided $1 million in emergency funding to remove exposed rubbish from the former Stockton tip site and rehabilitate the area.
While the majority of the previously exposed section of the former tip is on land owned by Hunter Water, large swells began to expose a new area that is the responsibility of NSW Crown Lands last week.
“Clearly this is a situation that must be dealt with urgently to ensure the safety of the community and the protection of the local environment,” Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald said.
“The Department of Industry – Lands has been working closely with Newcastle City Council and Hunter Water to complete the preliminary work, including waste classification, needed to get emergency rehabilitation work underway.”
“Management of coastal erosion is a complex issue involving multiple government and non-government organisations,” Mr MacDonald said.
“We will continue to support the development of a Coastal Zone Management Plan for the area.”
Resident Keith Craig, who is a member of the Stockton Community Action Group and Stockton Community Liaison Group, said he would like clarification on where the funding had come from.
“Most Stockton people would cynically think that the money is just the waiving of the $1million tip fee,” he said.
“It certainly wouldn’t cost a $1million to move the rubbish such a short distance.”
Newcastle City Council chief executive Jeremy Bath said the council would continue to collaborate will all agencies as part of a combined effort to clean-up the legacy site.
The work will take around two weeks to complete, weather permitting.