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New kiosk, public toilets set for Foreshore Park

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Newcastle’s popular Foreshore Park will soon be home to a new kiosk and accessible public toilets as the harbour precinct’s revitalisation continues.

After City of Newcastle (CN) councillors unanimously accepted a tender for the $3m-plus project on Tuesday 23 April, work is now slated to begin as early as next month, with the removal of the existing playground to pave the way for the construction of the amenities.

The long-awaited undertaking includes unisex ambulant toilets, a parent’s change room and a changing places facility that provides suitable conveniences for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.

Space is also available for an eatery in the future.

The centrepiece of the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan will be Livvi’s Place, an inclusive regional playground and waterplay area, designed in consultation with the community and Touched by Olivia, a charity dedicated to the delivery of inclusive playspaces across Australia.

Once completed, it’ll have a distinctly Newcastle character and pay tribute to the city’s Aboriginal heritage.

The precinct will also boast a waterplay area unique to Newcastle.

Extensive tree planting and landscaping will be carried out, too, as part of the broader strategy to significantly increase shade canopy and create greener public spaces.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the new amenities building was an essential step in delivering the adopted masterplan.

“The accessible amenities and future kiosk will complement other elements of the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan and enrich the park that Novocastrians and visitors know and love,” she explained.

“These early works will help realise the full potential of our adopted masterplan for our premier city park and major event space.

“It’ll create a drawcard destination for locals and visitors from across the region to enjoy while connecting our city with our harbour’s edge.”

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