Looking back at Seal Rocks from the sea.

Why are we doing this?

MidCoast Council has received a geotechnical hazard study which has identified that sections of Seal Rocks Road and Kinka Road are at risk of coastal erosion and sea level rise by 2060.

Our consultants, Coffey Services Australia, are now undertaking investigations to develop options to ensure continued road access for the village.

The exposure of the Seal Rocks Road and nearby parking infrastructure to coastal hazards and increasing pressure from visitors means that there are concerns for the stability of the road.

As there is only one road route in and out of Seal Rocks, a future failure could possibly isolate the town and cause hardship for residents during weather events or other disasters.

It’s vital that we maintain a secure future road access to the Seal Rocks village.

Of high concern is that the coastal hazards and the improper use of the road infrastructure lead to degradation of the road, increased erosion and reduced slope stability.

What did the hazard study find?

The study assessed the road’s subsurface and also considered sea level rise and climate change projections. The main findings of the study are:

What will happen next

Consultants Coffey Services Australia are preparing options to ensure road access for the village.

  • These options will be developed together with landowners, which include NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Forster Aboriginal Land Council and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment.
  • More studies will be undertaken to ensure the best options are chosen. Biodiversity and conservation studies, Aboriginal heritage and land surveys will provide more knowledge.
  • Council will work with the other stakeholders to assess Coffey’s recommendations and choose the most viable options for ensuring road access to Seal Rocks.
  • These options will be presented to the community for their feedback.
  • Once a preferred option is chosen, we will then work with the community to develop a local area plan for Seal Rocks. This will guide future planning for the village and identify improvements and opportunities.

We are committed to keeping the community informed of this project and the findings of the studies.

This is expected to take place over the next two or three years. We will update this page as the project progresses, so register for updates to stay informed.