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OPPORTUNITY: Newcastle port dredging for a gas terminal could provide sand for Stockton beach.

Australia - A plan to use Hunter River sand to nourish Stockton Beach

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp has urged the state government to allow sand dredged from the Hunter River for the construction of the proposed Newcastle Gas Terminal project to be redirected to Stockton Beach.

Final approval for the $589 million project, whcih has already been declared a state significant development, is expected by the end of the year.

The project will require dredging of the Hunter River's south channel, which is estimated to contain over a million cubic metres of high-quality sand.

Approval already exists to dump the sand at sea, but there are calls to redirect a significant amount of the sand to Stockton Beach.

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