Newcastle’s big blue beach bowlphotos, poll, video

Newcastle’s big blue beach bowl | photos, poll, video Newcastle City Council is planning a new lease of life for South Newcastle Beach with a uniquely designed skate bowl, kiosk and outdoor gym featuring in the next stage of the Bathers Way project.
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STRIKING: Nuatali Nelmes said the council wanted this stage to make a big statement. “This is something we want to make sure we get right,” she said.

DRAWCARD: It is hoped the completely refurbished skate park and new bowl will cement the Bathers Way as a “must see” attraction for visitors.

PROPOSAL: Under the ambitious plan to revive the area, the remains of the old south Newcastle beach pavilion would be integrated into a new amenities building with a gym, kiosk and cafe. The blue skate bowl would sit on the sand.

Shade shelter under construction at Bar Beach. Picture: Phil Hearne

An artist’s imrpession of what the shade shelters at Bar Beach will look like.

LOST TRACKS: A rare illustration of the Merewether mines and railway lines as it appeared in Merewether Surf Club’s 75th anniversary book in 1983. -Sketch courtesy of Laurie March

These two rare, historic pictures show Merewether’s famous Llewellyn Street coal railway bridge ‘‘arch’’ after it was demolished in 1957. Picture: courtesy of David Barrow

Merewether’s famous Llewellyn Street coal railway bridge ‘‘arch’’ before it was demolished in 1957. Pictures: courtesy of David Barrow

One of the shade shelters under construction at Bar Beach, left, and an artist’s impression of how they will appear once completed.

The Bathers Way draft concept masterplan

Latest stage of the Bather’s Way project is complete.

The newly finished section of the Bather’s Way. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

The newly finished section of the Bather’s Way. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

The newly finished section of the Bather’s Way. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

The newly finished section of the Bather’s Way. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

Looking north from Merewether Baths to Bathers Way. Picture: Ryan Osland

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

Looking north from Merewether Baths to Bathers Way. Picture: Ryan Osland

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

The enhanced Merewether beach precinct. Photos: Darren Pateman and Simone De Peak

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

Entry to the railway tunnel at Merewether baths looking south.

The Burwood (Merewether) coal empire about 1887. The various rail lines all converged at The Junction, giving it a name. Map courtesy of Light Railways magazine

Taken on April 14, 1902, the photograph shows a large picnic party outside the entrance to number one tunnel at Merewether.

The enhanced Merewether beach precinct. Photos: Darren Pateman and Simone De Peak

An artist’s impression of The Bathers Residences to be constructed at 78 Frederick Street Merewether. Just six luxury apartments will be on offer.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at the newly finished section of the Bather’s Way. Pic: Jonathan Carroll

Looking south from Bathers Way to Merewether Baths. Picture: Ryan Osland

The enhanced Merewether beach precinct. Photos: Darren Pateman and Simone De Peak

The enhanced Merewether beach precinct. Photos: Darren Pateman and Simone De Peak

The enhanced Merewether beach precinct. Photos: Darren Pateman and Simone De Peak

The enhanced Merewether beach precinct. Photos: Darren Pateman and Simone De Peak

Shade shelter under construction at Bar Beach. Picture: Phil Hearne

Proposal to link Bathers Way to Fernleigh Track.

Workmen construct the nearby, smaller Berner Street, Merewether, pedestrian subway under the coal rail line in this photograph from April 1938, provided by Greg Ray.

TweetFacebook“Thisis something we want to make sure we get right,” she said.

Once completed, the Bather’s Way coastal walk project willlink Merewether ocean baths with Nobbys headland via theAnzac Walk and King Edward Park.

The planwill be presented to the council’sCoastal RevitalisationConsultativeCommittee at a meeting on Thursday.

It would go out for public consultation as soon asmoredetailed design workhad been finished.

Cr Nelmes said the council would be seeking state and federal funding to expedite the completion of the project.

Construction could begin late 2017.

PROPOSAL: Under the ambitious plan to revive the area, the remains of the old south Newcastle beach pavilion would be integrated into a new amenities building with a gym, kiosk and cafe. The blue skate bowl would sit on the sand.

Blue basin to bring big eventsTHE success of the popular Bar Beach skate park could be replicated at south Newcastle beach.

The facilities at Empire Park attractmajor events such as theAustralian Bowl Riding Championships to the city. Ithas also fostered the talents of thenumber onefemale skateboarder in the world, Poppy Olsen.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said its successwas “extremely translatable” to Newcastle beach.

“I believe that any time we are upgrading facilities like this for locals, for young people, for older skaters alike, what you’re actually seeing is a fantastic community supporting not only that sport, but attracting big events to Newcastle,” she said.

“But we want to make sure it is accessible not just for high level skaters, but also for younger children.”

Cr Nelmes would like to see the Bathers Way project extended to include the Stockton foreshore.

“What better way to showcase our city thanby having a completed four-to-sixmetre wide pathway across our city coastline?” she said.

Vision: Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes hopes upgrading one of Newcastle’s oldest bathing spots will help Bathers Way become a “must see” attraction. Picture: Marina Neil.

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