Lake Macquarie History

Caves Beach sand mining lease markers

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At Caves Beach approx 300 metres north of the Surf Club House there are some flat rocks at the water’s edge with the remains of a concrete pole surrounded by rusting metal approximately 2 - 3’ (0.6-0.9 meters) tall. A number and various other unreadable markings have been ‘cut’ into the adjacent rock face.

These are the remains of a survey recovery marker for the Sand Mining Lease (ML84). Placed in the 1968 survey as a durable mark that could be used to re-establish the lease boundary at a later date. During the life of the mine, they would always refer back to a mark such as this to make sure they did not go outside of their allocated lease area.








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