Managing Wamberal Beach coastal erosion

Stages 1-4 of technical studies, developed to inform decision-making around a long-term solution to manage coastal erosion at Wamberal Beach, are available, Central Coast Council informs.

The technical studies outline five seawall concept designs – ranging from revetment to vertical and promenade style structures – with concept design renders, cross-section drawings and footprint mapping developed for each option to assist with visualising the potential solutions.

Central Coast Council Acting Director Environment and Planning, Luke Sulkowski said that the Phase 2 consultation is an opportunity to provide initial feedback on the available options.

“The current release of technical studies meets a key objective of Council’s certified Gosford Beaches Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) which includes an action to investigate long-term solutions for Wamberal Beach and seek community input into a preferred protection solution,” Mr Sulkowski said.

“It is important to note that Council’s role through the CZMP is to outline a preferred protection solution but the delivery of any solution is a separate and currently unfunded process.

“The Stage 5 and 6 studies, which are still under review, will include an updated Cost Benefit Analysis and will be available to the community around the end of August.

“Final Seawall alignment, access points and terminal ends would need to be determined during the detailed design phase of the project.”

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, added that delivery of a long-term erosion solution at Wamberal Beach is currently not funded and proceeding with any solution would require a funding commitment from the NSW or Federal Government.

Community members can provide feedback on the technical studies (Stages 1-4) during a consultation period that runs until Friday, 10 September.

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