Community engagement in 2011 identified Coastal Revitalisation as the second highest priority for the Newcastle community, with the Bathers Way’s transformation of disparate, dilapidated and narrow footpaths considered the most important project of the revitalisation program.
A community reference group (CRG) made up of residents, business owners and representatives from various groups who use the coastline is kept informed of upcoming projects and provides feedback during design.
A Coastal Revitalisation Consultative Committee (CRCC), attended by senior management, Lord Mayor, Councillors, Council staff and representatives from Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and Hunter Surf Life Saving, meets quarterly to review and endorse major Coastal Revitalisation projects.
The Bathers Way Public Domain Plan was publicly exhibited for community feedback and adopted by Council in 2012.
The Bathers Way works have generally been well supported by the community and visitors to the region, as well as by the elected Council, senior management and external stakeholders.
Both the CRG and CRCC are kept informed of the projects as they unfold, with any issues addressed during design development.