Belmont Dune Rehabilitation and Beach Access

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This project will prevent erosion of the sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach and protect the area behind the dunes from erosion and rising sea levels due to the effects of climate change. The dunes are an essential buffer between the ocean and the Belmont wastewater treatment plant (and the site of the potential future drought-response desalination plant).

The main method of protecting dunes from erosion is to maintain a protective cover of vegetation. Since 2004 the amount of vegetation has steadily decreased (see aerial photos) due to the vehicles driving on the dunes and disturbing vegetation.

This project involves installing 'dune forming' fences to help rehabilitate the dunes, and a fence around the perimeter to prevent vehicles driving on the dunes. Removal of weeds including Bitou Bush, and planting native species on the dunes will also occur.

Public access to the beach

There will be no changes in how the public accesses the beachfront. 4WDs currently drive along Nine Mile Beach, with access near Third Creek/Jewells in the north and via land owned by Lake Macquarie City Council just south of this project location. Although Hunter Water owns land down to the high-tide mark on Nine Mile Beach, the fencing will be further up the beach and closer to the dunes, so vehicles can continue to travel along the beach at high tide.

This project will prevent erosion of the sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach and protect the area behind the dunes from erosion and rising sea levels due to the effects of climate change. The dunes are an essential buffer between the ocean and the Belmont wastewater treatment plant (and the site of the potential future drought-response desalination plant).

The main method of protecting dunes from erosion is to maintain a protective cover of vegetation. Since 2004 the amount of vegetation has steadily decreased (see aerial photos) due to the vehicles driving on the dunes and disturbing vegetation.

This project involves installing 'dune forming' fences to help rehabilitate the dunes, and a fence around the perimeter to prevent vehicles driving on the dunes. Removal of weeds including Bitou Bush, and planting native species on the dunes will also occur.

Public access to the beach

There will be no changes in how the public accesses the beachfront. 4WDs currently drive along Nine Mile Beach, with access near Third Creek/Jewells in the north and via land owned by Lake Macquarie City Council just south of this project location. Although Hunter Water owns land down to the high-tide mark on Nine Mile Beach, the fencing will be further up the beach and closer to the dunes, so vehicles can continue to travel along the beach at high tide.

  • Work to begin within next few months

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    3 months ago

    Work on-site is scheduled to begin within the next few months.

    The aim of the project is to rehabilitate the sand dunes between the Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works facility and Nine Mile Beach. These sand dunes are an important barrier, protecting the treatment plant (and the potential future desalination plant) from the damaging effects of sea spray and large storm events.

    Work onsite will consist of:
    • Construction of ‘dune forming fencing’;
    • Construction of perimeter fencing (timber with wire strand); and
    • Re-vegetation of the sand dunes

    If you have any questions or need more information, please email us...

    Work on-site is scheduled to begin within the next few months.

    The aim of the project is to rehabilitate the sand dunes between the Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works facility and Nine Mile Beach. These sand dunes are an important barrier, protecting the treatment plant (and the potential future desalination plant) from the damaging effects of sea spray and large storm events.

    Work onsite will consist of:
    • Construction of ‘dune forming fencing’;
    • Construction of perimeter fencing (timber with wire strand); and
    • Re-vegetation of the sand dunes

    If you have any questions or need more information, please email us.

  • Visit us at Belmont Library

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    6 months ago
    We are holding two community drop-in information sessions at Belmont Library (19 Ernest Street) on:

    • Saturday 30 November between 9am and 12pm
    • Tuesday 3 December between 3pm and 6pm

    You can drop-in during these times to view project information or speak with the project
    team.


    We are holding two community drop-in information sessions at Belmont Library (19 Ernest Street) on:

    • Saturday 30 November between 9am and 12pm
    • Tuesday 3 December between 3pm and 6pm

    You can drop-in during these times to view project information or speak with the project
    team.


  • Community information sessions - come along and learn more about this work

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    7 months ago

    We will soon be organising some times where you can meet us in Belmont to learn more about this work, and also the potential future drought-response water desalination plant. Dates and times to follow.

    We will soon be organising some times where you can meet us in Belmont to learn more about this work, and also the potential future drought-response water desalination plant. Dates and times to follow.