Construction delays due to wild weather to keep Sydney’s beloved beach closed all summer

Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne said the delay was disappointing for locals and visitors, but inevitable. “We can’t do anything. If it’s not ready, it’s not ready,” she said. “It has to happen.”

Wynne said the prolonged closure would put pressure on nearby harbor beaches such as Camp Cove in Watsons Bay – which is already struggling with summer crowds and traffic – and Redleaf, although she noted it could be less of an issue if the wet weather continues into summer. .

The old seawall was heavily damaged by storms in 2016 and had reached the end of its life.Credit:Dean Sewell

Sydney is on track to experience its wettest year ever. A record 1547.4 millimeters of rain fell between January and June, and the July rainfall record was broken mid-month. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts above-average rainfall for August, September and October. Sydney’s annual rainfall record is 2194 millimeters and more than 1913 millimeters have fallen so far this year.

Delaney Civil, the engineering firm rebuilding Shark Beach’s seawall, referred questions to the NPWS. “Public access to the beach and boardwalk will be restored as soon as it is safe,” the NPWS says on its website.

During the demolition, asbestos was found in the filling under the concrete sea wall. This was removed in April.

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