Work is underway to prevent tonnes of rubbish buried at the former Stockton rubbish tip from washing into the sea.
Crown Lands is building a temporary sandbag seawall and has contracted Soil Conservation Service to assist with the work. Crown Lands is also liaising with City of Newcastle, Hunter Water, the Environment Protection Authority on the project.
Minister for Water, Housing and Property Melinda Pavey said the work was the first step towards removing the buried waste from the 50 square metre area.
"Our first priority is to ensure that the local environment, community and sea life is protected, so installing the sandbag seawall will achieve that in the short term," Mrs Pavey said.
"This land on Worimi country, requires care, conservation and protection, and government will work alongside the local council, Worimi Local Aboriginal land Council and relevant authorities to ensure generations of Australians can enjoy it for years to come."
Once the waste has been removed, works will immediately commence on the restoration and rehabilitation of the site.
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