As Newcastle grows as a regional capital and its profile as a coastal getaway flourishes, retaining and improving open space and access to areas for recreation, community gatherings and events is increasingly important.
Newcastle’s beaches and coastline rank among the city’s greatest assets. They are increasingly recognised locally, nationally and internationally for their stunning beauty, environmental importance and great utility for recreational pursuits and community activities.
What is Coastal Revitalisation?
Part of the City of Newcastle’s vision to become a smart, liveable and sustainable global City is the revitalisation of our coastline. The large-scale infrastructure program aims to provide facilities of a high enough standard - in terms of amenity and aesthetics delivered by inspired design - to attract people to live, work, play and invest in Newcastle.
Our Coastal Revitalisation Program delivers projects within the Coastal Reserves between Stockton and Merewether and involves:
- Improved access to the beach and coastal buildings
- Improved traffic and parking
- Cliff stabilisation
- Dune regeneration
- Water-sensitive urban design initiatives to filter stormwater before it enters the ocean
- Wayfinding signage and heritage interpretation.
The top priority within our Coastal Revitalisation program is the Bathers Way, a stairless 6km coastal pathway when finished for pedestrians and cyclists linking Nobbys Beach in the north to Merewether in the south across a spectacular and undulating stretch of coastline. Improved access and well-designed public space for visitors and the community to enjoy are part of this project, which has already helped boost tourism and stands to rival any coastal walk in Australia when completed.
Community engagement in 2011 identified Coastal Revitalisation as the second highest priority for the Newcastle community.
To date, the Coastal Revitalisation program has delivered more than $25million in improvements.
The Bathers Way
As the flagship project of the City's Coastal revitalisation program, the Bathers Way will arguably rival Sydney's iconic Bondi to Bronte walk for scenery when completed.
Strategies and Documents
For more information regarding the consultation and strategy behind the Coastal Revitalisation Program, please read more.