Safer crossing on the cards as City of Newcastle invests in popular coastal precinct

21 Nov 2023

Accessing one of Newcastle's busiest coastal precincts will become safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists under City of Newcastle's plans to upgrade the Bar Beach crossing.

The community are being invited to have their say on the staged proposal, which would see a raised pedestrian and bicycle crossing installed between Empire Park and the Cooks Hill Surf Club.

This would replace the existing marked crossing and refuge island on Memorial Drive. The installation of landscaped kerb extensions and a new narrow median would also be used to create a safer and more streamlined solution for all road users in this area.

A new shared pathway between Bar Beach Avenue and the Memorial Drive crossing is proposed for the second stage of the project, creating a new off-road link for cyclists between Bathers Way and Parkway Avenue, including an upgraded facility for crossing Bar Beach Avenue.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the project would deliver improved outcomes for the community in one of the city's most popular coastal destinations.

“City of Newcastle is committed to ensuring community members are able to safely and easily navigate our footpaths, cycleways and road networks,” Cr Nelmes said.

“The precinct surrounding Bar Beach is heavily utilised by pedestrians and cyclists accessing Empire Park, the Cooks Hill Surf Club, Bathers Way and the beach itself.

"We look forward to working with the community on our plans for these important pedestrian and cyclist upgrades to improve safety and accessibility in this area.”

The project is the latest investment to be made by City of Newcastle in the surrounding precinct, with a range of works underway to enhance accessibility and recreational opportunities in the area including upgrades the to the floodlighting and cricket practice nets at Empire Park.

City of Newcastle is continuing to remediate storm damage and improve accessibility at Bar Beach to ensure safe access for all beach users.

This includes the recent completion of a temporary beach access ramp, the replacement of temporary water-filled barriers with upgraded balustrade fencing, and enhanced beach access for surf club vehicles.

Rehabilitation works to the promenade area are currently in design, which will include the construction of a new permanent accessibility ramp, new stairs, upgrades to seawalls and the installation of new handrails. The reinstatement of four beach access points between Bar Beach and Merewether Beach are also planned.

Community members can log on to by 18 December to provide feedback on the concept designs for the Bar Beach pedestrian and cyclist improvements.