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.

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    Hi, I'm one of a small handful of residents (3 properties in fact) that is surrounded by the Hunter Water Land works at Stcokton. I understand the process of poisoning the Bitou bush prior to removal, however the dead bush has been in place for over a year now without removal. As you know, it is extremely flammable as dead and dry as it is. It was a hazard at the tail end of the bushfire season last year and I had hoped it would be removed prior to summer this year as it won’t take much to ignite it. If this occurs I fear for our properties as they are surrounded by this bush. The other thing that has occurred is that wildlife (in particular snakes) that were previously living in the reclaimed land have now moved closer to our houses where the remaining live bush exists. In the years we have been living there we had not seen a snake but had a brown snake in our yard 2 weeks ago which I had also seen outside our property on a few other occasions days prior. For both of these reasons, it’s very important for our safety that these works are completed as soon as possible. Can you please provide a time frame of when the next stage will be completed. Yours sincerely. Sheldon Newey.

    Sheldon asked 5 months ago

    Hi Sheldon 

    Thanks for getting in touch, and sorry it's taken a while to reply (I don't know how we missed seeing your question - please accept my apologies). We’ll contact you directly to discuss your questions. 

    Kind regards

     Jen Pritchard

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    Incorrect email address submitted with previous enquiry Is HW seeking community participation / input into the aesthetics of fencing at Stockton

    Debbie Griffiths asked 10 months ago

    Hi Debbie thanks for your question and sorry it has taken a little while to reply to you. If by aesthetics you mean the various permanent fencing options that will be considered, yes we will share the options with the community on this page and ask for comments. We always welcome feedback from the community and it will form part of the decision making process. Fencing aside, we will also share other plans and information about this land with the community as well. Jen