Local coffee lovers will soon be flocking to Dixon Park Beach, with the arrival of a long-awaited kiosk in time for the busy Summer period.
City of Newcastle sought tenders to lease, fit-out and operate the Dixon Park Beach kiosk in August, with Sunnyboy Kiosk Pty Ltd named the proposed lessee.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that the revitalisation of the kiosk building at Dixon Park Beach demonstrates the City's commitment to upgrading coastal assets.
"Newcastle's beaches are world-renowned, and City of Newcastle is committed to ensuring these incredible natural assets remain accessible to our community and have the amenities required for a positive visitor experience," Cr Nelmes said.
Councillor Carol Duncan said that the recent works have brought the space to life and the kiosk will soon become a regular stop for locals.
"The recent refurbishment of the Dixon Park Beach kiosk has transformed the building into a space which will become a vibrant hive of activity once it becomes operational later this year.
"Following a tender process, Sunnyboy Kiosk Pty Ltd was assessed as the proposed lessee and with such a stunning backdrop, I have no doubt that the kiosk will become a regular haunt for coffee lovers and a place for people to stop and enjoy our magnificent coastline."
Public notice of the proposed five-year lease, with a further five-year option, to Sunnyboy Kiosk Pty Ltd commences today for a period of 28 days. Consideration will be given to submissions, before a lease agreement is enacted. It is expected that the kiosk will be operational by mid-December.
Work to prepare the kiosk for use commenced in 2020 and included the connection to power, water and sewerage infrastructure, and more recently saw the construction of a shade shelter and seating, and the renewal of the iconic Mark Richards mural.
Another coastal building which is also soon be enjoyed by the community is Shepherds Hill Cottage, with the final stages of renewal works underway. An expression of interest for the lease of Shepherds Hill Cottage also concluded in August and is currently under evaluation.
The refurbishment of the Dixon Park Beach kiosk and Shepherds Hill Cottage supports City of Newcastle’s Coastal Revitalisation program which began in 2010 as part of a long-term commitment to enhance Newcastle’s coastline.