Why do we need to protect the embankment in and around Corbett Avenue?
Wollongong City Council is responsible for local roads. Corbett Avenue services private property and provides access to a public reserve. The embankment at the head of the road is eroding due to coastal wave action and storm events. Work to stabilise the embankment is now required.
What is the scope of the work that needs to be completed?
Is this part of an Aboriginal heritage site?
No but Council has undertaken a due diligence process as part of its environmental review for this project and will continue to consult with Aboriginal groups. Council will monitor work during construction to ensure no impact on any area of cultural significance will occur.
How will the work affect residents and those that regularly use this area?
Will this part of the beach be closed during the work?
Access to the beach south of Corbett Avenue will be maintained via entry through the public reserve. North of Corbett Avenue, access will be available from Tasman Parade. Access in front of the work site will be available dependent on coastal conditions.
Will I still be able to walk my dog in this area?
Dog walking on a lead will still be permitted in the public reserve and off a lead on the sandy area of McCauley’s beach designated as a Dog Off Leash area. The Dog Off Leash area excludes the dunes and rocky platforms.
How will the parking restrictions along Corbett Avenue be managed?
Parking in front of the Contractor’s area on the south side of Corbett Avenue will be unavailable to the public. Signage will be displayed at the entry to Corbett Avenue advising motorist of limited recreational parking.
Contractor personnel will park in the compound and to the north of Corbett Avenue in Hamilton Road.
Will noise disturbance be managed?
Could extreme tides or coastal storms delay the work?
This type of delay is possible but will be managed under the contract. Further, Council will endeavour to engage a Contractor during a period of lowrisk of storm and flooding where timing of the work to prevent further damaging erosion of the embankment exists.
Have environmental issues been considered?
Yes a Review of Environmental Factors has been prepared and will be implemented by the Contractor during construction. Some of the environmental issues considered include coastal impact of the proposed works, aboriginal heritage, access by the public to McCauleys Beach, access to private property in Corbett Avenue, transport of deliveries through local streets.Inspection and testing of the existing embankment has been undertaken to classify material to be excavated and removed or re-used on site.
What approvals have been obtained?
Council has liaised and sought the concurrence of a number of Authorities affected by these works including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and the Regional Coastal Panel.
How long will the work take and when will it start?
How will this work assist with mitigating future erosion of the coastal seawall?
The existing embankment at the end of Corbett Avenue will be shaped and two layers of large igneous rock will overlay these preparations. The median size of rock will be of the order of 1 metre in diameter and weigh approximately 1.5 tonne. Although some rock settling can be expected in a storm event, the two rock layers will significantly diminish further erosion of the road head.
How can I comment on the planned work?