PHOTO: A seven-metre-high structure is being built below Collaroy residents’ properties, which overlook a beach that has become notorious for dramatic erosion. Photograph: Lewis Isaacs/The Guardian
- A feud has erupted over a $32 million wall along Sydney’s northern beaches
- The 7m high structure is being built to protect waterfront mansions in storms
- The wall will stretch 1.3km from Collaroy to South Narrabeen once completed
- Residents who called for the project say it was needed and will pay 80 per cent
- Other locals argue the council is sacrificing public land for private properties
Rich owners have financed a $32 million concrete wall being built along a beach to protect waterfront mansions from coastal erosion – but other locals are outraged.
Construction is underway on Sydney’s northern beaches of a 7m high structure that will shield the exclusive homes from being washed away during severe storms.
The project, which is 80 per cent funded by residents and 20 per cent by the NSW Government and Northern Beaches Council, will stretch 1.3km from Collaroy to South Narrabeen once completed.
The concrete barrier was commissioned to sit along a strip of coastline notorious for cataclysmic erosion after violent waves in 2016 tore chunks off the shoreline.
Backyards and pools were dragged into the ocean and houses were teetering on the edge of cliffs created by the erosion, threatening to collapse into the ocean.
A $32million wall is under construction along a 1.3km strip in Sydney’s Northern Beaches
The barricade (pictured) is being placed along a notorious strip of coastline known for erosion
A devastating storm in 2016 saw monster waves eat away at the shoreline at Collaroy beach, on Sydney’s northern beaches (pictured), washing away gardens and even a pool
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