Bather's Way beach path unveiled

Plans for a $15 million coastal walkway linking Merewether to Nobbys will be formally unveiled by Newcastle City Council today.

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The long-awaited plans for the "Bathers Way" envisage one-way traffic on Shortland Esplanade and a six-kilometre four-metre-wide path linking the city's beaches.

Plans to remove the cliff car park between Bar Beach and Dixon Park have been scrapped, but some parking spaces will be moved.

Landscaping, shading, seating, viewing areas, picnic tables, barbecues and bicycle racks are all on the agenda.

Cr Nuatali Nelmes, who chaired the council's coastline management committee, said she believed the plan would be "a good legacy" of the current council.

"It's fantastic and it's something we've been working on this whole term," Cr Nelmes said.

"The vast majority of it should be done within the next 10 years."

The document says the coastline is already attracting heavy foot traffic, with some spots recording up to 500 pedestrians an hour.

In unveiling the overall plans, the council will today cut the ribbon on the first part of the Bathers Way, which includes a viewing area and path around Bar Beach car park.

Council strategic planning services manager Jill Gaynor said the finished path would be used by joggers, cyclists and sightseers.

"Upgrading the pathway was shown to be a high priority among community members who provided feedback on the Newcastle Coastal Revitalisation Masterplan," she said.

"The proposed improvements will cater for the diverse needs of the people who use the Bathers Way and help us make the most of our spectacular coastline."

Meanwhile the council has altered its public domain plans for Stockton, after residents raised concerns about plans to move the suburb's library.

The draft plan proposed constructing a community centre, library and cafe on the waterfront, but the final version has ditched the idea.

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