Fingal bay landslip

Port Stephens Council has secured $1,861,284 in funding to support essential public asset reconstruction at Marine Drive, Fingal Bay.

The landslip site set for reconstruction at Marine Drive suffered significant damage during major storms in March 2021.

Port Stephens Council Mayor, Ryan Palmer, said that although it’s taken some time, Council are happy to announce the grant funding from the New South Wales Government to finally get this important work underway at Fingal Bay.

“We know the landslip site has been a really big issue for residents and visitors to Fingal Bay with beach access limited and a temporary one-way road arrangement in place while the location was identified as a Natural Disaster area,” Mayor Palmer said.

“The funding we’ve received will be used to stabilise the embankment on the site and surrounding area.

“It’s a big job and it’ll take time to complete the works, but I know the teams at Council are keen to start and see the repairs complete.” 

Facilities and Service Acting Group Manager, Phil Miles, said that funding from the State Government was critical to getting this work done.

“Council does have a small budget for emergency works and infrastructure repairs. However, the impacts of weather events over the past two years have been huge and we just haven’t had enough money to cover the damage,” Mr Miles said.

Mayor Palmer said although Council is thankful for this funding, the March 2021 storms and recent flooding events have caused further damage to infrastructure across Port Stephens.

“The recent natural disasters resulted in extensive damage to our road networks, riverbanks and foreshores. On top of already existing damage, the costs to Council and our community continue to increase,” Mayor Palmer said.

“I’m committed to continuing to advocate for further funding from the government to support repairs and recovery of sites across our LGA.” 

Council will soon begin the detailed design of the repairs and then tender for the works. 

The timing of the works will be determined by contractor availability.

Featured image: Landslip at Marine Drive, Fingal Bay following the March 2021 storms. Image: Port Stephens Council.

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