Carrington foreshore remediation

Roads and Maritime Services and Crown Lands are cleaning up contamination along the Carrington foreshore.

The proposed work extends from the Carrington Boat Ramp north towards Newcastle Rowing Club and will include:

  • removal of contaminated material
  • construction of a sandstone seawall
  • construction of pathway and steps
  • foreshore landscaping
Carrington foreshore remediation work proposed development area
Carrington foreshore remediation work proposed development area

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime and Crown Lands held a community site visit on Saturday 10 August to discuss the remediation work with the Carrington community and stakeholders.

Feedback provided by the community and other stakeholders is being considered along with impacts on the project schedule, budget, social and environmental factors.

Construction is scheduled to start in September if all approvals are gained, and will take about take six weeks, weather permitting.

The timing of the work aims to minimise disruption to boaters and paddlers during the peak boating season.

The adjacent boat ramp will not be closed at any time during construction. There will be a temporary loss of some car spaces during construction, but these will be restored upon completion of the work.

Project background

In 2016, the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) notified Crown Lands of community complaints about asbestos fragments at Carrington. Crown Lands and Roads and Maritime, as shared land owners, agreed to work together on the project and provided a commitment to the EPA that we would address the matter. We have been working towards a solution since this commitment was given.

Roads and Maritime commissioned an independent Asbestos Management Plan to look at options for managing contamination on the site. The report recommended the construction of a sandstone wall as the preferred long-term remediation strategy to “cap and contain” the contamination.

Carrington foreshore rock wall design
Carrington foreshore rock wall design
Rock wall cross section
Rock wall cross section

Project documents


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