NEXT month will mark former deputy lord mayor Frank Rigby’s 90th birthday.
For Mr Rigby, who has lived “on Stockton” his whole life, it will also mark 90 years of listening to debate about Stockton beach’s erosion problem.
“It’s been going on all my life and that’s nearly 90 years,” he said. “And the sand just keeps moving while they talk. We need a grant and we need it bloody quickly.”
Mr Rigby said there was “no way” Newcastle City Council was equipped to manage the problem on its own.
“The council just can’t do what’s got to be done, it’s beyond them,” he said.
“We’ve had all the experts and they’ve told us what to do, but nobody does anything about it. They just do the little bits that matter at the time, they don’t do anything properly.”
Mr Rigby called on the state government to step in and provide funding for a permanent solution.
“There is no other meaningful way forward and they know it,” he said.
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