• intouch magazine | #09

Bathers Way now more accessible for all!

Newcastle's coastline is one of the city's greatest assets, increasingly being recognised at local, national and international levels for its beauty, environmental values, recreational opportunities and diverse range of activities. Newcastle's beaches receive more than two million visits per year and are a hub of community activities and the venue for a range of experiences.

The Bathers Way path connects Newcastle's beaches, covering 6km of the city's coastline between Merewether Ocean Baths to Nobby's Beach. Council committed to upgrading the Bathers Way when it asked the community to rank the most important projects needed along their coast.

Senior Project Planner for Council Heidi Kolatchew says before work began, Bathers Way was little more than a one-metre wide asphalt footpath. It was congested, inaccessible for many and struggling to cope with the volume of people wishing to access the coast, with up to 500 people an hour trying to use the path in some locations.It was very cl