Manmade sea walls and the effects of climate change eating away at Stockton beach, and locals are rallying to save it
Noel Burns started work on Stockton beach as a council lifeguard in 1971 and spent 37 years with his eyes fixed on the surf and the sand.
“Mate, I’m broken-hearted,” says the 70-year-old. “It’s terrible what it looks like now. They have been studying this [erosion] for 20 years but nothing is getting done. Everyone is getting angry now.”
It’s like bashing your head against a sea wall