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Have your say on the final stage of the Ocean Baths upgrade

City of Newcastle has unveiled the final stage of its vision for the historic Newcastle Ocean Baths.

This stage of the revitalization project will focus on the refurbishment of the pavilion buildings, including maintaining the Art Deco façade, and enhancing the upper promenade and surrounding areas.

Improved pedestrian access from Shortland Esplanade, allowing visitors to appreciate the historic façade before entering the upgraded promenade is also part of the plan which aims to preserve the heritage of the facility while making the it functional for generations to come.

“The intention is to deliver a facility that welcomes all visitors in an accessible and inclusive way, is sensitive to the site’s heritage, and resilient to coastal inundation and predicted sea level rise,” Executive Manager Project Management Office, Robert Dudgeon said.

The southern wing of the building is set to feature an expanded kiosk and new community spaces, while the northern end will house inclusive changerooms with accessible amenities, including a ‘Changing Places’ facility. These upgrades are designed to cater to all community members, ensuring that the Baths remain a welcoming space for everyone. Additionally, new shade structures and seating overlooking the Canoe Pool, along with informal terraces, will provide more areas for relaxation and enjoyment.

“City of Newcastle is committed to this once-in-a-generation undertaking to restore the much-loved Newcastle icon,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“The upgraded pool and promenade have been overwhelmingly embraced by the community since being reopened last summer.

“I’m thrilled to now share designs for the final stage of the project, which celebrate the unique character of the Newcastle Ocean Baths while ensuring the building and surrounds get a much-needed upgrade to ensure they can live on for another 100 years.”

Locals are now invited to visit City of Newcastle’s Have Your Say page to review the detailed plans and provide their input on the project.