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Newcastle Bogey Hole Stabilisation Project

Intended 2016 works for the Bogey Hole, Newcastle, NSW

The Newcastle Bogey Hole is popular swimming and tourist attraction initially constructed by convict labor in about 1820 by order of Commandant Morisset for personal use.

The Bogey Hole, its viewing platform and access track were closed on 20 November 2015 in response to public safety concerns relating to cliff instability.

The NSW Government has committed up to $490,000 to undertake these stabilisation and safety works around the Bogey Hole to make the area safe again for community use.

The information provided by these reports and consultation has helped to guide the stabilisation works which will begin in November 2016 with work expected to be completed in about one month weather permitting.

Stabilisation works will include:

  • The installation of rock bolts to stabilise an overhanging section of cliff
  • Installation of rock fall fencing to reduce risks of rock falls
  • Installation of chain link fencing around an unstable section of retaining wall
  • Installation of information and warning signs
  • Additional repairs including refurbishment of viewing platform fence, pool steps and ladder.

Hunter Valley engineering company Global Stabilisation Systems has been contracted to install the rock bolts which are seven metres in length to stabilise the cliff face and to install the rock catching fence above the viewing platform.

Works to stabilise the cliff area and install the rock catching fence are due to commence 14 November 2016 and will be undertaken between the hours of 7am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The Geotechnical Assessment Report (PDF, 3174.35 KB) was completed by Cardno Geotechnical Solutions.  A fact sheet (PDF, 2776.35 KB) on the stabilisation works is available.

The Bogey Hole remains closed and fenced off until stabilisation works are complete and the public is urged to respect the signage and not attempt to enter the Bogey Hole or surrounding area for their own safety.

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