THE NSW government will today pledge $1 million in funding as it searches for a solution to Stockton beach's erosion crisis.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who chairs the newly created Stockton Taskforce, said the money was the next step in the bid to solving the area's severe erosion problems.
The $1 million announcement comes after the first meeting of the taskforce, which was created to improve coordination between government and council.
"When I committed to this task I was determined to ensure the taskforce's discussions are matched by action," Mr Barilaro said.
"I have put forward three key action plans which are backed by the taskforce - having already identified the best potential sand source, we have now committed $1 million in funding to commence the necessary exploration work to find the most suitable sand supply in that area.
"This expenditure will also help gather some preliminary baseline environmental data to help inform a future development application.
"The third key action plan is a commitment to progress minor amendments to the Offshore Minerals Act which will be taken to Cabinet for approval."
While offshore dredging is not illegal in NSW, it does require a mining lease and as a state significant development it also requires development consent.
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The Newcastle Herald has reported that four state government ministers, including Planning Minister Rob Stokes, have indicated their willingness to assist offshore dredging occurring for the purpose of renourishing Stockton beach yet little has happened.
Mr Barilaro said he was determined to "set politics aside" to find a solution to the erosion crisis at Stockton beach.
"I am grateful for the spirit of co-operation demonstrated from our first meeting, which has brought together government agencies, local community leaders and representatives, and the Port of Newcastle," he said.
The taskforce will hold at least three more meetings this year.