Stockton Beach in Newcastle has lost 50,000 truckloads of sand due to coastal erosion

The beach town is swallowed by the ocean: residents beg for help while ruthless waves remove 50,000 truckloads of sand

  • 500,000 cubic meters of sand have been washed away from Stockton Beach
  • Companies are closed for fear that they can be washed away due to erosion
  • Now waves hit bare rocks on the once picturesque beach
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Residents of a coastal town were destroyed after erosion destroyed their popular beach and washed away 50,000 trucks of sand.

Heavy waves this week removed 2.5 meters of sand from Stockton Beach near Newcastle, NSW, after unprecedented coastal erosion for five weeks.

About 500,000 cubic meters of sand would be needed to replace what was swept away from the beach, news.com.au reported.

Now waves hit bare rocks on the once picturesque beach and businesses are closed for fear that they too can be washed away.

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Heavy waves removed 2.5 meters of sand from Stockton Beach near Newcastle this week after five weeks of unprecedented coastal erosion

Heavy waves removed 2.5 meters of sand from Stockton Beach near Newcastle this week after five weeks of unprecedented coastal erosion

Now waves hit bare rocks on the once picturesque beach and businesses are closed for fear that they too can be washed away

Now waves hit bare rocks on the once picturesque beach and businesses are closed for fear that they too can be washed away

Now waves hit bare rocks on the once picturesque beach and businesses are closed for fear that they too can be washed away

Locals who live close to the coast fear that their homes may be next.

& # 39; It is a crisis, a complete crisis. We have lost our suburb because that beach is part of who we are & # 39 ;, said resident Lucas Gresham.

& # 39; Taking a walk on the beach before you go to work or after you finish working is something that makes you feel grounded and closer to nature. & # 39;

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& # 39; The beach erosion resulting in the closure of our only daycare center and the depletion of underwater life is destroying our community & # 39 ;, he wrote on the Go Fund Me page of the city.

The city with just over 4,000 residents has been looking at it for decades with erosion, but the recent damage is the worst that residents have seen in 20 years.

About 500,000 cubic meters of sand would be needed to replace what was swept away from the beach. Photo taken before the erosion

About 500,000 cubic meters of sand would be needed to replace what was swept away from the beach. Photo taken before the erosion

About 500,000 cubic meters of sand would be needed to replace what was swept away from the beach. Photo taken before the erosion

The city with just over 4,000 residents has been looking at it for decades with erosion, but the recent damage is the worst that residents have seen in 20 years

The city with just over 4,000 residents has been looking at it for decades with erosion, but the recent damage is the worst that residents have seen in 20 years

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The city with just over 4,000 residents has been looking at it for decades with erosion, but the recent damage is the worst that residents have seen in 20 years

& # 39; We live day by day in the hope that something will change. But enough is enough, & said Mr. Gresham.

The fifth generation resident believes in doing nothing from the NSW government and temporary solutions by the municipality are not an effective solution to the growing problem.

Local resident Ron Boyd, who specializes in coastal erosion, said the destruction was caused by infrastructure in Newcastle harbor that was sold to a Chinese consortium for $ 1.75 billion in 2014.

Ships that came close to the harbor, breakwaters and a deep water channel have influenced wave patterns and prevented replacement sand from entering the beach.

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Instead, the lost sand ended up in nearby Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach.

Labor director Jodi McKay told the NSW parliament that the situation on Wednesday is a & # 39; unfolding crisis & # 39; was and accused Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian not to take the matter seriously.

But the prime minister argued that the government had already given the city of Newcastle $ 142,000 to help Stockton residents along the coast.

Mr. Gresham's crowdfunding page raised $ 16,000 to go to a possible class action and submit a claim to the NSW Environmental Defender office.

Ships approaching the harbor, breakwaters and a deep water channel have influenced wave patterns and prevent replacement sand from entering the beach

Ships approaching the harbor, breakwaters and a deep water channel have influenced wave patterns and prevent replacement sand from entering the beach

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Ships approaching the harbor, breakwaters and a deep water channel have influenced wave patterns and prevent replacement sand from entering the beach

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