Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $240,000 to complete cliff stabilisation works at Newcastle’s iconic Bogey Hole.
Mr MacDonald said the work will see the completion of the NSW Government’s $490,000 project to improve public safety and preserve public access to the site.
“In December 2016 the Government completed stage one of the stabilisation and safety works at the Bogey Hole swimming pool,” Mr MacDonald said.
“This was the most critical stage of work and included the installation of stabilising rock bolts into an overhanging section of cliff, a new rock catch fence above the pool and the repair of the viewing platform fence.
“Stage two works will focus on stabilising the eastern access road and supporting retaining wall with rock bolts as well as improving fencing and drainage in the area.”
Mr MacDonald said the work will not impact public access to the Bogey Hole.
“The pool will remain open while the works are completed, so locals and visitors to the area will be able to enjoy this popular swimming hole as we move into spring and summer.”
Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said the work was funded through an emergency Public Reserves Management Fund grant.
“The Bogey Hole is an important recreational space, an integral part of Newcastle’s history and is a huge drawcard for local and international tourists.
“Assets like the Bogey Hole play an important role in communities across the State and the NSW Government is committed to ensuring these reserves continue to provide social and economic benefits to people across the state.”
Hunter engineering firm Ground Stabilisation Systems have been awarded the tender for stage two and will begin works in September. Work is expected to take around four weeks to complete.
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