You’ll get One Summer to Taste The Salt (geddit?) at the Newcastle Ocean Baths before they close early next year for an upgrade.
City of Newcastle Councillors will vote on Tuesday to award the Newcastle Ocean Baths upgrade contract and Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said having the site open through the upcoming holiday period will allow locals and returning tourists to enjoy the iconic pools with COVID-19 restrictions lifted.
“Newcastle Ocean Baths turns 100 next year and while this upgrade is well-needed, starting construction after this coming summer means locals who have been staying home and visitors itching to get back to Newcastle can enjoy the space over the holidays,” Cr Nelmes said.
“This summer I encourage everyone to visit Newcastle Ocean Baths and enjoy this iconic local facility before it undergoes a generational upgrade and is returned improved for the community in 2023.”
The City of Newcastle committed to funding the renewal of Newcastle Ocean Baths in full and will direct the $9.5 million recovered from the sale of the Frederick Ash Building to the project. Stage 1 of the Newcastle Ocean Baths upgrade received $3 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program.