More than 8000 tonnes of waste have been removed from the former Stockton tip site.

Hot zone: An excavator removing waste from the former Stockton tip site. More than 8000 tonnes of waste have been transport to the the Summerhill waste disposal centre.
Hot zone: An excavator removing waste from the former Stockton tip site. More than 8000 tonnes of waste have been transport to the the Summerhill waste disposal centre.

More than 8,000 tonnes of waste from the former Stockton tip has been transported to a specialist landfill site at Summerhill waste management centre. 

Specialist contractors completed the removal and transfer of the waste, which contained asbestos, last Friday. 

The state government contributed $1 million towards the $1.9 million project. The remainder of the cost will be shared between Hunter Water, Crown Lands and Newcastle City Council. 

In addition to removing waste from the Hunter Water-owned section of the former tip, some waste was also removed from the Crown Lands side of the tip. 

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The site has been secured by a geo-fabric covering and will be maintained by Hunter Water.

“There has been no further exposure of the landfill on our site since the initial incident in January,” a Hunter Water spokeswoman said. 

“We continue to work with a range of government agencies and stakeholders on this issue through the Stockton Coastal Interagency Advisory Committee.”

A further pollution scare occurred at the beach last week when pieces of asbestos washed up between the breakwater and The Pines swimming area. The source of the asbestos could not be confirmed. 

Newcastle council has received 16 submissions for its draft Newcastle Coastal Zone Management Plan, which was recently on public exhibition.  

The draft plan provides the management framework for the Stockton coastline and includes actions to address coastal hazards along with recreational and environmental issues.

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for extra government resources to be directed towards erosion control on Stockton Beach. 

The petition was launched in response to community concern about the loss of hundreds of tonnes of sand from the beach in recent years. 

The petition will now be debated in state parliament after achieving the required number of signatures. 

The suburb’s child-care centre is at risk of collapsing into the sea.