Shepherds Hill Cottage

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EOI open until Tuesday 27 March 2018

Expressions of interest to open historic Shepherds Hill Cottage for public use. A kiosk or cultural facility are among potential uses for the former military mess hall with 230-degree views of the ocean, Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley from its position on The Hill.
The 182sqm heritage-listed building is being faithfully restored before the future tenant takes up an initial five-year lease, expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019. Read more

Cottage restoration

Restoration work in underway on Shepherds Hill cottage, that has stood watch over the city from atop King Edward Park since the 1890s. 

The work is being done by Newcastle City Council under the supervision of a heritage architect. The cottage restoration work is expected to take up to eight months and will be completed in early 2018.

The cottage is being restored and repaired in accordance with approval from Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). Work includes a new roof and plumbing, repair of wooden windows and renewal of cladding, posts and beams and removal of unauthorised extensions, read the    scope of approved repairs (pdf).

Conservation Management Plan

A draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Shepherds Hill Defence Group has been prepared and is being finalised to allow submission to OEH for their endorsment.  The CMP considers adaptive re-use options for the cottage and the whole of the Defence group. Once finalised and endorsed by OEH, the CMP will be made available on the web.