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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Council pushes ahead to refurbish Dixon Park kiosk

City of Newcastle is progressing with plans to revitalise Dixon Park.

And, contracts to refurbish the kiosk are now open to tender.

The project will see the building transformed into an improved space with public seating, shade shelters and landscaping.

The development also supports City of Newcastle’s Coastal Revitalisation program, which started in 2010 as part of a long-term commitment to enhance Newcastle’s seaboard.

“By investing in our coastal buildings, we hope to continue to make our beaches a welcoming place for our community and visitors, which is now more important than ever,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“Construction companies are invited to bid to refurbish the Dixon Park kiosk and contribute to the continued activation of Bathers Way.

“We will invite expressions of interest mid-year for the kiosk operations and Dixon Park Beach will become a vibrant hub where our community can connect and appreciate the benefits of living near the coast.”

Work to prepare the kiosk for use began in 2020, with provision of power and sewage infrastructure now complete.

The transformation of the premises will include the relocation of a portion of the building’s faded mural, which features local, four-time world surfing champion Mark Richards.

City of Newcastle has committed to fully restoring the mural in a new location on the southern side of the kiosk as a part of the completed project.

In 2019, the Dixon Park Surf Life Saving Club was refurbished with new change rooms, space for female members and accessible amenities.

The $640,000 upgrade was jointly-funded by NSW Government through a Surf Club Facilities Grant, City of Newcastle, Dixon Park SLSC and Ability Links NSW.

Tender submissions can be made via tenderlink.