New future for road near Newcastle 500 Supercars hairpin bend

A new section of road constructed adjacent to Nobbys Beach as part of the Newcastle 500 Supercars event could become home to outdoor gym equipment, a children’s play area and even a basketball half-court, after Newcastle City Council opened discussion on the site’s long-term future.

The council had intended to cover the section of track – which joins the Nobbys Beach car parks through to the Horseshoe Beach car park and came after the construction of the hairpin turn – with top soil and grass and maintain existing path connections.

But the council’s interim chief executive Jeremy Bath said the area could be put to better use and activated after years of being a “dead spot” within Camp Shortland. 

“The foreshore is Newcastle’s premier open area and it’s critical that all parts of it are designed to maximise participation and appeal to the general public,” Mr Bath said.

“Places such as Iron Cove Bay and Sydney Park have attracted huge increases in people via the installation of outdoor gym and sporting equipment such as half-court basketball courts.

“Camp Shortland has long been an underutilised area of the foreshore, largely due to a complete absence of activity-based equipment.”

The council has opened consultation on options for the area, which include a basketball half court, children’s play area, gym equipment, planter boxes, seating and shade structures.

Mr Bath also said some residents were concerned grassing over a section of the hairpin bend would require removing the area from the public over summer to allow the grass to knit and grow.

He said there would be no change from the current plan without the support of the Office of Environment and Heritage.  Any equipment would be removable to allow for events including ANZAC commemorations. 

Visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au and have your say by December 20.