Belmont Dune Rehabilitation and Beach Access

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We've partnered with Belmont Wetlands State Park and Trees in Newcastle to rehabilitate a section of sand dunes at Belmont.

The 800-metre section of sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach forms an important barrier in protecting our Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works from the damaging effects of sea spray and large storm events.

“This project will help prevent erosion of the sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach, as well as protect the area behind the dunes from erosion and rising sea levels,” said Project Manager Lorenzo Sposito.

“We’ve already begun work to construct ‘dune forming’ fences and perimeter fencing along the beach. In addition, we’ll also be removing weeds such as Bitou Bush and planting native species on the dunes.”

The project is expected to take around two months to complete with the help of the local organisations.

Public access to the beach

While the work is underway there will be no changes to public access to the beachfront. 4WD vehicles currently drive along Nine Mile Beach, with access near Third Creek/Jewells in the north and via land owned by Lake Macquarie City Council south of the project location.

Although Hunter Water owns land down to the high-tide mark on Nine Mile Beach, the fencing will be located further up the beach and closer to the dunes, so vehicles can continue to travel along the beach at high tide.

We've partnered with Belmont Wetlands State Park and Trees in Newcastle to rehabilitate a section of sand dunes at Belmont.

The 800-metre section of sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach forms an important barrier in protecting our Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works from the damaging effects of sea spray and large storm events.

“This project will help prevent erosion of the sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach, as well as protect the area behind the dunes from erosion and rising sea levels,” said Project Manager Lorenzo Sposito.

“We’ve already begun work to construct ‘dune forming’ fences and perimeter fencing along the beach. In addition, we’ll also be removing weeds such as Bitou Bush and planting native species on the dunes.”

The project is expected to take around two months to complete with the help of the local organisations.

Public access to the beach

While the work is underway there will be no changes to public access to the beachfront. 4WD vehicles currently drive along Nine Mile Beach, with access near Third Creek/Jewells in the north and via land owned by Lake Macquarie City Council south of the project location.

Although Hunter Water owns land down to the high-tide mark on Nine Mile Beach, the fencing will be located further up the beach and closer to the dunes, so vehicles can continue to travel along the beach at high tide.

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  • Proud to partner with local groups

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    We have partnered with Belmont Wetlands State Park and Trees in Newcastle to rehabilitate a section of sand dunes at Belmont.

    The 800-metre section of sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach forms an important barrier in protecting our Belmont Wastewater Treatment Works from the damaging effects of sea spray and large storm events.

    “This project will help prevent erosion of the sand dunes on Nine Mile Beach, as well as protect the area behind the dunes from erosion and rising sea levels,” said Project Manager Lorenzo Sposito.

    “We’ve already begun work to construct ‘dune forming’ fences and perimeter fencing along the beach. In addition, we’ll also be removing weeds such as Bitou Bush and planting native species on the dunes.”

    The project is expected to take around two months to complete with the help of the local organisations.

    Public access to the beach will continue

    While the work is underway there will be no changes to public access to the beachfront. 4WD vehicles currently drive along Nine Mile Beach, with access near Third Creek/Jewells in the north and via land owned by Lake Macquarie City Council south of the project location.

    Although Hunter Water owns land down to the high-tide mark on Nine Mile Beach, the fencing will be located further up the beach and closer to the dunes, so vehicles can continue to travel along the beach at high tide.

  • Work to begin next week!

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    13 Aug 2020

    Due to the onset of COVID19 the proposed works for the Belmont Dune Rehabilitation and Beach Access were pushed back, but are now up and running again, ready to begin next week.

    These works are expected to run for the following 8 weeks.

    We will be posting pictures of our progress in the coming weeks!

  • Work to begin within next few months

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    16 Mar 2020

    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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    26 Nov 2019

    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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    21 Nov 2019

    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.