Fort Scratchley October long-weekend open day cancelled amid Newcastle East End road upgrades

Organisers have cancelled this year’s October long-weekend open day at Fort Scratchley because of ongoing road work.

Fort Scratchley Historical Society president Frank Carter confirmed the event – one of three major open days at the fort each year – wouldn’t go ahead because of concerns about limited car parking and difficulties road work posed for visitors and volunteers. Mr Carter said the open day usually attracted about 1500 people.

The fort will still be open to the public on the long-weekend, but the open day activities won’t go ahead. The fort will be closed to the public from Monday to Thursday next week. The work around Fort Scratchley is part of upgrades ahead of the Supercars event in November.

Newcastle 500 event manager Kurt Sakzewski said Supercars was “working with key community groups to alleviate any disruption”.

A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said the historical society had expressed concern that road works would mean a drop in visitor numbers for the open day.

“The historical society knows its visitors better than anyone and they are committed to providing the best possible visitor experience,” he said.

“Council agrees with Fort Scratchley's decision and invites the community back to the fort once the road works are completed.”