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Reimagine Newcastle Harbour Foreshore

It’s time to dream big. You told us what you love about this space, and what you’d like to see here in the future.

Reimagine Newcastle Harbour Foreshore

Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Masterplan

We’re developing a masterplan to guide the future of Newcastle Harbour Foreshore, including a new inclusive playspace. The masterplan will help shape the ‘look and feel’ of Foreshore Park and Joy Cummings Promenade, so we can create a space for everyone to enjoy. It will also include a new inclusive playspace that will be developed with our partners, Variety - the Children’s Charity.

Between 9 June - 12 July we asked the community to tell us what they love about the Harbour Foreshore, and what they’d like to see there in the future. This initial phase of consultation closed on Sunday 12 July 2020. Thank you to everyone who had a say!

Further community engagement will take place from early 2021, where the community will be invited to provide feedback on draft concept designs for the Foreshore. Stayed tuned! 

A Community Reference Group (CRG) for the Foreshore has been formed, to assist communication between CN and the Newcastle community as the Masterplan develops.

You can now view the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Phase 1 Engagement Report.
For a quick overview of what the community told us, read our snapshot report below.

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How we will use your feedback

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a masterplan
A masterplan is a document that guides the management and future development of an area.  It a process that defines what is important about a place and how its character and quality can be conserved, improved and enhanced. In the case of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore, the masterplan will include key information such as historical context, background information, values, principles and objectives, and concept designs that will be used as a blueprint to progress the revitalisation of the site.

Why is the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Masterplan being developed?
City of Newcastle (CN) adopted the Foreshore Plan of Management (PoM) in October 2015. The PoM provided guidance on key management objectives for the space, including maintaining visual amenity and views, providing appropriate facilities and services and creating flexible spaces to meet community needs. It also identified improvements to pedestrian and cycleway access and better activation of dormant spaces. The PoM identified the need to develop a masterplan to guide the future development of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore including the development of a regional-level inclusive playspace. Recognition of the establishment of the parkland and historical uses will form a crucial part of the plan.

Why is it important to revitalise Newcastle Harbour Foreshore? 
The Harbour Foreshore is an important recreation and cultural space for the inner city and the wider Newcastle community. Given its soaring popularity, consideration must be given as to how it can be enhanced to help complement the City’s ongoing revitalisation and meet the growing needs of the community. There are significant opportunities to improve the use and functionality of the Foreshore through;

  • the provision of an inclusive playscape with potential of a water-themed playspace. at Foreshore Park.
  • providing better cycleway and pedestrian linkages between the Bathers Way to the Honeysuckle and Civic precincts;
  • improving the layout and integration of event spaces throughout the foreshore
  • greater recognition to the historical influences and cultural elements celebrated along the foreshore;
  • exploring opportunities to increase night-time activation;
  • exploring opportunities to provide an integrated community building to host minor functions; and
  • investigating opportunities to conserve and protect significant trees, which contribute to the foreshore’s significant visual amenity.
  • improving the pedestrian and cycle amenity.
  • Revitalising the streetscape and public domain along Wharf Road and Argyle St.

What is the scope of the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan?
Newcastle Harbour Foreshore was identified as a priority project within the 2015 PoM. The site includes the area east of Merewether Street, along Wharf Road and the Joy Cummings Promenade, to Foreshore Park. CN will run community engagement throughout the key phases of the project and the feedback received will help inform development of the masterplan.

The masterplan seeks to retain the natural aspects of the Foreshore and preserve its uniqueness while advancing short, medium and long-term improvements within the area. The scope includes opportunities for an inclusive playground and options for a water-themed play space.

Consideration will also be given to a range of recreational, accessibility and landscaping improvements as well as opportunities for future events spaces. This could include, but is limited to, pathways, playspaces, fitness stations, picnic tables, barbecues, park benches, public art, or structures to improve dining and entertainment options such as a café, restaurant or infrastructure for festivals and events.

Who will designing the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan?
The City of Newcastle has partnered with Variety – the Children Charity to deliver the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan. Together we have engaged Landscape Architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean Pty Ltd (TCL) who have partnered with local firm Bosque Studio Landscape Architects. TCL are a multi award winning firm responsible for several iconic landscape and playspaces throughout Australia and around the world including Geelong Waterfront, Auckland Waterfront and Cairns Waterfront. TCL has set the standard other firms benchmark themselves against and they provide a tailored design approach to each project. TCL and Bosque Studio will will work with the community to provide high quality and unique landscape design for Newcastle foreshore. 

How will the community be involved in masterplan planning?
Through all major stages of the design process, CN will be seeking community feedback to ensure the masterplan meets the needs of the community.

CN will provide multiple options for the community to provide feedback including online tools, information sessions and workshops and will form a Community Reference Group and Inclusive Playspace Design Reference Group.

The creation of the masterplan is the first phase in the planning process for the Harbour Foreshore. It will continue to develop and evolve as the City sets out to achieve an agreed vision that involves a high level of community and stakeholder involvement and support.

Phase 1 initial consultation open from 9 June to 12 July 2020
During the phase one engagement, CN will seek to understand what people value about the foreshore, how they use it, and what additional elements they would like to see there.  This important information will inform concepts for the foreshore and ultimately the masterplan.

Phase 2 – Concept plans will be presented to the community

Phase 3 – The Draft Masterplan will be placed on public exhibition.

The project team will continue to update the community as the project progresses.

What is the Harbour Foreshore Community Reference Group?
The Community Reference Group (CRG) is being formed to facilitate community and stakeholder input into the development of the masterplan. It will consist of a mix of community members and stakeholders.

The purpose of the CRG is to is to enable two-way communication and engagement between CN and representatives of the Newcastle community as we develop a masterplan for the Harbour Foreshore. Members will contribute to the masterplan planning process by providing valuable input on the current and future needs and expectations of the community.

Community members are invited to participate in the CRG via an Expressions of Interest process (LINK TO EOI). Members will be selected by a panel consisting of project members from City of Newcastle tasked with developing the masterplan. It is expected the CRG will meet a minimum of three times as agreed to in the CRG Terms of Reference (LINK TO CRG.

Will I have the opportunity for further input into the design process?
Once developed, concept designs will be put to the community for further feedback. A Design Reference Group will also be developed to provide input into the design of an inclusive playspace within Foreshore Park. This will be done in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity, who are responsible for the implementation of a Variety Livvi’s Place, as part of their national network of inclusive playspaces. Further information about consultation on the designs will be available later this year.In the meantime, you are can stay in touch with the project by joining the Friends of Variety Livvi’s Place Newcastle Facebook page, which is run by Variety. https://www.facebook.com/groups/varietylivvisplacenewcastle/

What is an inclusive playspace?
An inclusive playspace invites people of all ages, abilities and cultures to come together to socialise and play.

Inclusive playspaces are easy to access, navigate, provide a range of play types and challenges, and are equipped with appropriate facilities in a comfortable environment – allowing people to stay and play as long as they choose.

More information on inclusive playspaces can be found at https://everyonecanplay.nsw.gov.au/

What is a Variety’s Livvi’s Place?
The Touched by Olivia Foundation (TBO) was founded by Justine and John Perkins in 2007 after the death of their daughter Olivia. Since then, TBO has built over 30 inclusive playspaces across Australia. In 2018 Touched By Olivia Foundation partnered with Variety – the Children’s Charity to ensure more inclusive playspaces will continue to be built nationally. Variety Livvi’s Place at Foreshore Park is a collaborative project of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT, City of Newcastle and the Newcastle community.

A Variety Livvi’s Place is an inclusive playspace for kids of all ages and all abilities to play side by side. Variety believes all kids deserve a fair go, including the ability to play. Kids of all abilities should be able to experience the joy and benefits of playing together and Variety are proud to partner with communities on these very important projects.

Will the Aboriginal community be consulted on the proposal?
Yes, the traditional owners of the land have been consulted as part of the preliminary investigations and will continue to have input into the City’s plans for the area.

Will any historical or traditional heritage elements be considered in the masterplan process?
Newcastle's Heritas Architecture form part of the design consultant team. They will carry out a comprehensive assessment of the site’s heritage that will help inform the direction of the design. The designers will look for every opportunity to enhance the heritage of the site and incorporate it into the masterplan.

Will there be a water-themed playspace at Foreshore Park?
CN will seek feedback on the inclusion of a water-themed playspace within Foreshore Park during pre-design community engagement activities.

What is the future of the Frog Pond?

CN will be asking the community on the future use of the Frog Pond in line with the PoM. The options are to retain, partially remove for more open space, or replace the frog pond with a waterplay element incorporated into the inclusive playspace.

Why isn’t Camp Shortland included in the design?
The design of Camp Shortland is currently under contract with Local Firm Terras Landscape Architects. The design of the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan will be coordinated with the those works to ensure a harmonious landscape between the two spaces.

What is happening with Tugbirth Lane?
Tugbirth Lane will be incorporated into the public domain landscape, enhancing Joy Cummings Promenade and the communities experience of the harbour.

Is Joy Cumming’s Promenade including in the work?
Yes. A review of Joy Cummings Promenade will be carried out as a part of masterplan.  The Promenade will be retained and enhanced to meet the needs of the community.

How will cycling be incorporated within the Masterplan?
Cycling infrastructure will be a key element to improve connectivity throughout the Harbour Foreshore. CN has committed to improving cycleways throughout the city centre. The masterplan will look for opportunities to strengthen connections to Bathers Way, and Honeysuckle and the Civic precincts. The resolution of conflicts between cyclists and Queens Wharf patrons will be addressed as a part of this masterplan. Concepts will be developed with input by the Newcastle Cycling Committee.

Project news

Plans progressing for inclusive playspace at Newcastle Foreshore
City of Newcastle will seek support from the State Government administered Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the development of a multimillion-dollar inclusive playspace and waterplay area at Foreshore Park. 

At Tueday’s Council meeting, Councillors provided in-principle endorsement of the playspace and waterplay as its nominated project for the Fund, which provides $1 million annually in grants for community projects around the Port of Newcastle. 

The City has been successful with previous applications, securing more than $1 million over several funding rounds, which contributed to over $4 million in projects that have provided significant community benefit for residents and visitors. 

These included the South Stockton Reserve Active Hub, Nobby’s Surf Club restoration, Camp Shortland precinct playground and active space, as well as the Throsby Creek clean up. 

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the development of a ‘Variety Livvi’s Place’ inclusive playspace integrated with a waterplay area at Foreshore Park will help rejuvenate the precinct and provide additional recreational opportunities at one of the City’s premier parkland spaces. 

“We have already been fortunate enough to secure $50,000 from Variety – The Children’s Charity to assist with the design of a significant inclusive playspace in the heart of Newcastle,” the Lord Mayor said. 

“Integrated with a waterplay area, this project will create a regional asset and tourist drawcard that will ensure Foreshore Park can be enjoyed by all members of the community.” 

The City is working closely with Variety as part of the delivery of the Livvi’s Place inclusive playspace, which will be designed to provide easy access, a range of play types and challenges and appropriate facilities to cater for children of all ages, abilities and cultures. 

“Variety is proud to work alongside the City of Newcastle to create a truly inclusive playspace that will engage all children, parents, grandparents and friends in play,” Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT Inclusive Play Manager, Kim Becherand, said.  

“Variety Livvi’s Place playspaces are a key element of our broader mission to make sure no child misses out on what they need to join in and attain their full potential.”  

The playspace and waterplay will be located at Foreshore Park and is being developed as part of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Masterplan. 

The Masterplan process is being developed with a high level of community engagement, and project specific design reference groups for the inclusive playscape and waterplay. 

Consultant landscape architects are currently exploring several design options for the park and playground, with draft concept plans expected to be shared with the community for comment in November. 

While costs will depend on the final design chosen, a provisional budget of $3.25 million has been forecast for the inclusive playspace and waterplay park.  

City of Newcastle will seek $500,000 from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the cost of its delivery.
 

City of Newcastle will seek support from the State Government administered Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the development of a multimillion-dollar inclusive playspace and waterplay area at Foreshore Park. 

At Tueday’s Council meeting, Councillors provided in-principle endorsement of the playspace and waterplay as its nominated project for the Fund, which provides $1 million annually in grants for community projects around the Port of Newcastle. 

The City has been successful with previous applications, securing more than $1 million over several funding rounds, which contributed to over $4 million in projects that have provided significant community benefit for residents and visitors. 

These included the South Stockton Reserve Active Hub, Nobby’s Surf Club restoration, Camp Shortland precinct playground and active space, as well as the Throsby Creek clean up. 

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the development of a ‘Variety Livvi’s Place’ inclusive playspace integrated with a waterplay area at Foreshore Park will help rejuvenate the precinct and provide additional recreational opportunities at one of the City’s premier parkland spaces. 

“We have already been fortunate enough to secure $50,000 from Variety – The Children’s Charity to assist with the design of a significant inclusive playspace in the heart of Newcastle,” the Lord Mayor said. 

“Integrated with a waterplay area, this project will create a regional asset and tourist drawcard that will ensure Foreshore Park can be enjoyed by all members of the community.” 

The City is working closely with Variety as part of the delivery of the Livvi’s Place inclusive playspace, which will be designed to provide easy access, a range of play types and challenges and appropriate facilities to cater for children of all ages, abilities and cultures. 

“Variety is proud to work alongside the City of Newcastle to create a truly inclusive playspace that will engage all children, parents, grandparents and friends in play,” Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT Inclusive Play Manager, Kim Becherand, said.  

“Variety Livvi’s Place playspaces are a key element of our broader mission to make sure no child misses out on what they need to join in and attain their full potential.”  

The playspace and waterplay will be located at Foreshore Park and is being developed as part of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Masterplan. 

The Masterplan process is being developed with a high level of community engagement, and project specific design reference groups for the inclusive playscape and waterplay. 

Consultant landscape architects are currently exploring several design options for the park and playground, with draft concept plans expected to be shared with the community for comment in November. 

While costs will depend on the final design chosen, a provisional budget of $3.25 million has been forecast for the inclusive playspace and waterplay park.  

City of Newcastle will seek $500,000 from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund to assist with the cost of its delivery.
 

City on track to deliver 7,000 square metres of additional shade at Foreshore Park
City of Newcastle is already three-quarters of the way towards its goal of creating a greener public space within the Foreshore precinct. 

The City began a four-year tree replacement program in Foreshore Park during 2017 as part of its preparations for the inaugural Newcastle 500 Supercars event. 

Since then, City of Newcastle has planted 51 advanced trees, including 10 Kentia palms and 41 Norfolk Island pines, as part of its target to increase the amount of shaded canopy in the popular East End park from 2,800sqm to 9,800sqm.  

The tree plantings to date have been located around the perimeter of the park, strengthening the boundaries of the space and reinforcing the avenue plantings at Wharf Road. They have already contributed a projected shade canopy of 7,370sqm, or more than 75 per cent of the City’s overall goal. 

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that although there will be some replacement planting occurring with advanced trees in the nursey now ready, the majority of the remaining plantings would be completed in conjunction with the Harbour Foreshore Precinct Masterplan, which has recently finished its first phase of community engagement. 

“This is a generational opportunity to reimagine one of the City’s premier parks to suit the needs of a growing community following extensive community engagement,” Cr Nelmes said. 

“The masterplan process will look at the current functions and management of the park and how they might be better utilised now and into the future. 

“Early feedback has highlighted the significance of the Foreshore’s environment to the community, with 70 per cent of those surveyed nominating tree planting as the most important natural element of the Foreshore masterplan.  

“We are proud of the work that has been completed to date at Foreshore Park, with the new tree plantings offering significantly more shade cover than was previously available. 

“The remaining trees and shrubs required to achieve the commitment for canopy increase will be placed in accordance with a community-endorsed masterplan.   

“These new plantings will help with the integration of nature and the built environment and strengthen the character and use of the park, while significantly contributing to the City’s biodiversity and environmental need.” 

City of Newcastle and the masterplan consultants will work closely with stakeholders to achieve the desired character for the Harbour Foreshore and prepare a masterplan that will produce the targeted canopy cover for the site. 

The first meeting of the newly formed Harbour Foreshore Community Reference Group was held recently to discuss future directions for the concept designs.

City of Newcastle is already three-quarters of the way towards its goal of creating a greener public space within the Foreshore precinct. 

The City began a four-year tree replacement program in Foreshore Park during 2017 as part of its preparations for the inaugural Newcastle 500 Supercars event. 

Since then, City of Newcastle has planted 51 advanced trees, including 10 Kentia palms and 41 Norfolk Island pines, as part of its target to increase the amount of shaded canopy in the popular East End park from 2,800sqm to 9,800sqm.  

The tree plantings to date have been located around the perimeter of the park, strengthening the boundaries of the space and reinforcing the avenue plantings at Wharf Road. They have already contributed a projected shade canopy of 7,370sqm, or more than 75 per cent of the City’s overall goal. 

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that although there will be some replacement planting occurring with advanced trees in the nursey now ready, the majority of the remaining plantings would be completed in conjunction with the Harbour Foreshore Precinct Masterplan, which has recently finished its first phase of community engagement. 

“This is a generational opportunity to reimagine one of the City’s premier parks to suit the needs of a growing community following extensive community engagement,” Cr Nelmes said. 

“The masterplan process will look at the current functions and management of the park and how they might be better utilised now and into the future. 

“Early feedback has highlighted the significance of the Foreshore’s environment to the community, with 70 per cent of those surveyed nominating tree planting as the most important natural element of the Foreshore masterplan.  

“We are proud of the work that has been completed to date at Foreshore Park, with the new tree plantings offering significantly more shade cover than was previously available. 

“The remaining trees and shrubs required to achieve the commitment for canopy increase will be placed in accordance with a community-endorsed masterplan.   

“These new plantings will help with the integration of nature and the built environment and strengthen the character and use of the park, while significantly contributing to the City’s biodiversity and environmental need.” 

City of Newcastle and the masterplan consultants will work closely with stakeholders to achieve the desired character for the Harbour Foreshore and prepare a masterplan that will produce the targeted canopy cover for the site. 

The first meeting of the newly formed Harbour Foreshore Community Reference Group was held recently to discuss future directions for the concept designs.

Project timeline

9 June – 12 July 2020
Phase 1 engagement – Vision and pre design Engagement
Community invited to share their ideas on the future of the Harbour Foreshore.

Contact us

Engagement team

Phone: 02 4974 2000
Email: engage@ncc.nsw.gov.au

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