Jenny Dixon Beach stair

repair is underway

The construction for the repair of Jenny Dixon Beach stairs started last Monday 8 April. The eight weeks of works are expected to be completed by June 2024 subject to weather.

Jenny Dixon stairs.

10 April 2024

 

THE Jenny Dixon Stairs is the second of four projects to be completed following $2.44 million in funding received from the Australian and NSW Governments as part of the 2021 Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Program with additional contributions from Central Coast Council to improve access for Soldiers Beach and Jenny Dixon Beach.

 

Minister for the Central Coast David Harris said community assets bring people together and help create a sense of wellbeing and cohesion to our communities.

 

“This co-funded program is ensuring that damaged community infrastructure like the Jenny Dixon Beach stairs, is being repaired so the community can continue to enjoy much-loved spaces,” Minister Harris said.

 

Council Acting Director Environment and Planning, Luke Sulkowski said Council is pleased to have reached the next milestone of the four projects and looks forward to the progression of the remaining two.

 

“We’re excited to start the stair repairs at Jenny Dixon Beach. Each of the four projects take a lot of preliminary investigation work, designs, and approvals to ensure longevity before we are officially able to begin construction," said Mr Sulkowski.

 

“The Jenny Dixon Beach stair repair will be an almost like for like restoration, ensuring the repaired / replaced sections will be in the best possible shape to withstand future weather events.

 

“There will be some changes to the original structure, such as a different alignment of the bottom flight of stairs. This change will reduce the exposure of the structure to ocean impacts, and provide for an easier way to alight the stairs onto the beach for beach users."

 

A small section of the carpark next to the access point of the stairs will be closed off to provide direct access for construction vehicles during the construction process, and for a site compound area for Council’s contractor. The remaining carpark and the grassed reserve area will remain open for public access.

 

“I am pleased to advise the remaining projects are also progressing well and are estimated to be completed by the end of 2024," Mr Sulkowski said.

 

The remaining works include:

 

  • Replacement of the northern stairs at Soldiers Beach.

 

  • Replacement of the concrete vehicle access ramp at Soldiers Beach.

 

  • Council Administrator, Rik Hart said Council is committed to building a strong and vibrant community.

 

“We’re pleased to see the projects continuing to progress and look forward to restoring access to our beautiful beaches," said Mr Sulkowski.

 

ADVICE:

 

  • Please stay away from the impacted area;

 

  • Please keep personal safety front-of-mind and remain behind any barriers that Council crews or contractors have put in place; and

 

 

The 2021 Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Program is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

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