Stockton Beach Closed For Long Weekend Following Wild Weather
Media release: 8 June 2012
The Worimi Conservation Lands including Stockton Beach north of Newcastle have been temporarily closed for all public access, due the recent extreme weather creating a public safety risk.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Hunter Region Manager Robert Quirk said that exceptionally high tides and large waves have caused severe erosion to Stockton Beach, including deep flooding behind the fore dune.
“Wave action has eroded away the beach and fore dunes leaving steep ledges and large areas of very soft sand,” Mr Quirk said.
“There is insufficient beach remaining to allow for the safe traverse by 4WD vehicles, forcing the closure of the entire 32km long Stockton Beach.
“In addition, deep pools of water have accumulated behind the fore dune causing large areas of quick sand, making access to the area extremely dangerous.
“Park closure signs have been installed at all entrances, and NPWS staff will be based at the entrances over the weekend to advise visitors about the closure.
“NPWS will continue to monitor the conditions daily, and will re-open the park as soon as conditions improve.
“Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the beach will be safe enough to reopen before the end of the long weekend,” he said.
For further information visit www.nationalpark.nsw.gov.au or call NPWS Hunter Region on 02 4984 8200.
Contact: Gabrielle Last
Page last updated: 19 June 2012