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Two iconic coastline venues are getting a refresh

Two iconic Newcastle spaces – Shepherds Hill Cottage at King Edward Park, and Dixon Park Beach Kiosk- are getting a much-needed facelift before a search commences for operators to bring the spaces back to life.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the upgrade and subsequent openings of these two venues under new operators will give locals and visitors a new opportunity to appreciate the coastal environment. 

“The view from both these facilities is incredible, and it’s exciting for these sites to be opened up and enjoyed by the community,” Cr Nelmes said.  

“I encourage potential operators to express their interest when applications open, it’s a fantastic opportunity to bring these venues back to life and attract visitors.” 

Conservation works to the State listed historical Shepherds Hill Cottage in King Edward Park are nearing their final stage, after the recent removal of a radio communications tower enabling the final steps of the building’s transformation to commence. 

The work includes reconstructing the historic external toilets, and the construction of a new separate outdoor storeroom, and parking area.

Following the completion of the works, City of Newcastle will run an Expression of Interest to identify a preferred operator for the heritage site.

A similar Expression of Interest will be called in late July for an operator for the long-dormant kiosk at Dixon Park Beach following upgrades which commenced in April, after earlier provision of power, water and sewage infrastructure in 2020.  

Upgrades include the addition of public seating, shelters and landscaping, as well as the relocation of a portion of the building’s faded mural.

Work on the Mark Richards mural, which City of Newcastle committed to restoring in a new location on the kiosk, commenced this week. 

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