Newcastle Foreshore is an 11-hectare regional level park bordering the harbour, beaches and culturally significant sites like Fort Scratchley, the convict lumberyard and Customs House.
Most of the park sits on reclaimed land previously used for mining, shipping, harbour activities, power supply, bond storage and rail marshalling yards.
Its current form opened in 1988, coinciding with Australia's bicentenary celebrations. The Foreshore Plan of Management 2015
outlines how the precinct should be used now and in the future.
Now, 30 years on, plans are underway to ensure it best suits the changing needs of the community.
Tree replanting program
Work began in May 2018 on a staged tree replanting program which will create 20 times more usable shade across the precinct. Initial works comprised excavation of holes near the Nobbys Road/Wharf Road roundabout to accommodate 12 mature Norfolk Island pines, each measuring 6-9m in height.
Their planting will represent the first stage of a plan to introduce mature Norfolk Island pines, broad-leaved lilly pillies, coastal banksias, native hibiscuses and kentia palms throughout the Foreshore precinct.
Once fully grown, the trees will provide about 9800sqm of usable shade. See diagram below for planned Stage One planting locations:
Foreshore Precinct Plan
Council is currently developing a Foreshore Precinct Plan to reflect the changing needs of the community and to guide with the precinct's future use as Newcastle's major regional event space. This plan will include a Foreshore Precinct Landscape Plan. The replanting program now underway has been tailored to align with this plan.
Foreshore Plan of Management 2015
Council approved the current Plan of Management in 2015. It outlines seven key management objectives underpinning the precinct's strategies and future direction. Click below to view the document (pdf).