A seawall has collapsed on a beach at Newcastle in the New South Wales Hunter region.
Newcastle Council said large swell at the weekend due to a low pressure system and high tides has caused an old section of the wall to crumble at South Newcastle Beach.
“A contractor is monitoring the site and will assess the structure when it’s safe to do so,” a council spokesperson said.
“Security is on site to ensure the public is safe.”
A replacement seawall is being constructed as part of a council upgrade to the area and work is already under way.
Several beachgoers made the windy trek along the sand this afternoon, much of which is fenced off for the work, to take photos of the damage.
Meanwhile, nearby Stockton Beach, which has long suffered from severe erosion, was a cause for concern prior to the weather event.
Newcastle Council said it did everything it could to prepare, including installing a rock bag at the end of the Mitchell Street seawall.
However, residents have told the ABC the beach hasn’t copped the brunt of the system as expected.