Scot MacDonald
12th Jun 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced $5 million has been awarded to Newcastle City Council for the Newcastle Beach Community Infrastructure Renewal Project as part of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Resources for Regions program.

The funding will go towards completing The Bathers Way, a six kilometre coastal walk that connects five main beach areas between Merewether Ocean Baths and Nobby’s Beach. Newcastle City Council will contribute the remaining funds to this $16.8 million project.

Approximately 3.5km of the walk is already complete. The project includes completing the construction of the Bathers Way paths linking King Edward Park to Newcastle Beach, a new intermediate level skate park and bowl, a redevelopment of the existing Newcastle Beach Surf Club, as well as other community facilities (such as accessible amenities, kiosk, shade structures, exercise equipment).

“This funding will greatly improve the accessibility and amenity of the coastal beaches of Newcastle for the local community, making it an even better place to live and work,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Newcastle’s beaches are a major drawcard for the city and I’m pleased the NSW Government can support these improvements”.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said this is one of nine projects that will be funded in the fifth round of the Resources for Regions program.

“This is a signature program of the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government that delivers great outcomes for our mining-related communities,” Mr Barilaro said.

“It is only fitting that the mining-related communities that contribute so much to the state receive their fair share - that’s why the NSW Government continues to reinvest in this great program.”

More than $268 million has now been committed to 54 successful projects since the program was established under the Restart NSW fund in 2012.

The NSW Government has reserved an additional $50 million for the Resources for Regions program and will take new applications from 12 June.

For further information about Resources for Regions, see the website.