Stockton land restoration

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Hunter Water is conducting restoration work to its land at Stockton which was previously a council landfill site. So far, work has included ground-works, ‘capping’ with clean sand and mulch, removing bitou bush and other weeds, and replanting with native species.

To protect this area we need to construct a temporary chain wire fence around this part of the land (please see "Photos fence location and types" for more information). Protecting this land will be particularly important while the new native plants are establishing.

The new chain wire fence will not be a permanent solution. We are currently working with key stakeholders to pursue long term outcomes for the land at Stockton, including a permanent fencing solution.

You are welcome to ask us questions or provide feedback on our rehabilitation of this section of the land (below).

If you would like to be kept up to date with our longer-term plans for the land at Stockton please sign up to Your Voice and you will receive monthly emails.

Why is fencing needed?

This section of land was previously a council landfill site and now contains contaminants below the topsoil. The new sand, mulch and native species provide a protective barrier and stop any contaminants below being exposed. This barrier is being disturbed by frequent illegal access by four wheel driver vehicles. In addition, illegal rubbish dumping requires maintenance and regular clean-ups.

Hunter Water is conducting restoration work to its land at Stockton which was previously a council landfill site. So far, work has included ground-works, ‘capping’ with clean sand and mulch, removing bitou bush and other weeds, and replanting with native species.

To protect this area we need to construct a temporary chain wire fence around this part of the land (please see "Photos fence location and types" for more information). Protecting this land will be particularly important while the new native plants are establishing.

The new chain wire fence will not be a permanent solution. We are currently working with key stakeholders to pursue long term outcomes for the land at Stockton, including a permanent fencing solution.

You are welcome to ask us questions or provide feedback on our rehabilitation of this section of the land (below).

If you would like to be kept up to date with our longer-term plans for the land at Stockton please sign up to Your Voice and you will receive monthly emails.

Why is fencing needed?

This section of land was previously a council landfill site and now contains contaminants below the topsoil. The new sand, mulch and native species provide a protective barrier and stop any contaminants below being exposed. This barrier is being disturbed by frequent illegal access by four wheel driver vehicles. In addition, illegal rubbish dumping requires maintenance and regular clean-ups.

  • World War II tank trap removal

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    09 Oct 2020
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    Over the past two weeks we have removed most of the concrete World War II tank traps from our section of the shoreline at Stockton beach.

    The tank traps were removed to improve the safety of swimmers and surfers using this section of the beach.

    185 of an estimated 200 tank traps have been relocated from the water and are being stored on our site. It’s possible the remaining tank traps, which remain buried, will be uncovered in future heavy sea events.

    The history of the traps on our land was well documented as part of heritage studies before we removed them. We are exploring the potential for reusing the traps in future.

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  • Fencing work to begin

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    19 Jun 2020

    Work will soon begin to construct a chain-mesh fence around the southern portion of land. This land was previously a council landfill site and is being restored and planted with native species. It's necessary to protect the area, especially while the new native plants are establishing.