Belmont Dune Rehabilitation and Beach Access

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.

  • Visit us at Belmont Library

    about 2 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

    2 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.