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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.

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