Coastal campsites face growing erosion threat

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Damage to the Stockton shore during the weekend's wild weather. PIC: Jonathan Carroll / Newcastle Herald

With wild winds and heavy rain lashing many parts of the country, plenty of grey nomads are once again having to batten down the hatches.

However, the weather is also bringing another issue to the fore that could have a huge impact on camping long into in the future … coastal erosion.

Parts of the Stockton caravan park near Newcastle in New South Wales is the latest cam ping area to be affected. Parts of the caravan park are now reportedly likely to be moved after erosion crept closer to them, forcing operators to empty them as a precaution.

Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes told the Newcastle Herald that council officials would inspect the area with a coastal engineer and that

Kingscliff caravan park sea wall

The now-completed  sea wall being built at Kingscliff. PIC: Tayanah O’Donnell

the council would ‘need to look at relocation options’ for a section of the park that includes six cabins on the shore.

Guests in two cabins were moved to other parts of the caravan park. The others were empty, while guests in other areas were unaffected.

City of Newcastle owns the park and a private operator manages it.

Cr Nelmes said the park had “not fared well with the loss of some of our erosion markers and the erosion escarpment within 5.5 metres of the footings [of cabins on the shore].”

While the full extent of erosion at the caravan park had not been determined on Sunday, it is believed the effects would have been worse without the council’s sandbagging work.

“We are being told that the sand nourishment project from last year has had some impact in reducing shoreline recession,” Cr Nelmes said.

Of course, this is far for the first caravan park that has been threatened with sea erosion. In Kingscliff in northern New South Wales, the holiday park was once all but swallowed by the sea.

However, the council there reacted by creating a contentious $22 million plan to reinvent the existing caravan park, reclaim some public green space and, most importantly, invest in a massive and literally groundbreaking seawall.

It is 300 metres long and six metres deep. Tayanah O’Donnell, an honorary senior lecturer at the Australian National University says is depth enables it to be covered in sand and when beach erosion occurs, the wall’s large concrete steps allow the public to carry on using and enjoying the waterfront.

  • Are any of your favourite camping areas at risk of falling into the sea? Do you think it is worth investing huge amounts in building sea defences or is coastal erosion just an inevitability we have to learn to live with? Comment below.

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3 Responses to Coastal campsites face growing erosion threat

  1. When mother nature wants the land /it will take it no red tape here

  2. Kirra Beach CP, Qld border of NSW was swallowed up by the ocean 40+ years ago.

    • Just googled the storm it was 1973, we use to holiday there, it was on the beach opposite the shops.

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