Coastal and Estuary Restoration Works

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The coastline and wetlands of Lake Macquarie are vital to our city's landscape. They require ongoing protection to ensure the longevity of their ecological value.

We are working to restore dune fields and wetlands by revegetating native species and planned weed control.

Find out more about some of the projects underway and in planning below.

Crabbs Beach, Swansea Heads

The remediation of Crabbs Beach, Swansea Heads will involve:

  • the closure of informal access pathways
  • the formalisation of an access pathway
  • installation of dune formation fencing and
  • revegetation with native coastal dune species.

Construction started in November 2022 and will be completed by November 2025.


Redhead Beach

The dune enhancement program will see to the remediation of the dune fields at Redhead Beach, and will involve:

  • the closure of informal tracks
  • formalisation of suitable existing public access
  • installation of dune formation fencing and
  • revegetation with native coastal dune species. 

Frequently asked questions 

What's involved?

At Redhead Beach, works for 2024 involve reprofiling the frontal dune north of First Creek, followed by revegetation with 8,250 native coastal species planted to help stabilise the dune.

Why is it needed?

Vegetation communities naturally grow in sandy dune systems along the coastline. Vegetation on some coastal dunes have become degraded as a result of human activity and changing climates. Revegetation in exposed areas of the dune at Redhead will help to stabilise the dune, increase biodiversity, restore ecological health, and improve the resilience of the coastline which will help during storm events.

How long will the works take?

The works will take place over April and May 2024. 

What native species will be planted along the dune?

The native species selected for this area includes two resilient ground covers which are pig face (Carpobrotus glaucescens) and dune fan flower (Scaveola calendulacea), as well as the low growing shrub coastal wattle (Acacia sophorae). These species are common on the frontal dunes of our local beaches and show resilience through harsh weather conditions.

Ruttleys Road, Wyee

The restoration of foreshore public reserve at Ruttleys Road, Wyee will see to the improvement of the area to protect its saltmarsh and swamp oak floodplain forest. The works will include weed control, foreshore protection and appropriate signage to increase community understanding of its ecological value.

Construction started in July 2021 and is expected to be complete in July 2024.


Stingaree Point Drive, Dora Creek

Council is planning to improve the wetlands area of Stingaree Point Drive, restoring its saltmarsh and swamp oak floodplain forest. This will involve weed control over a three-year period to increase the health and resilience of the city's environmental landscape.

Works began in July 2021 and will be complete by July 2024.