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Nuatali Nelmes: Great time to explore Newcastle’s natural beauty

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As the weather warms up, now is a great time to get out and explore the natural beauty and public facilities on offer across Newcastle.

We’re upgrading more recreational and open spaces for our community in 2023/24, investing $19.7 million for new and improved parks, playgrounds, sporting and aquatic facilities; $5 million for new cycleways; and $1.2 million to extend our city’s footpath network.

We’re continuing to deliver infrastructure upgrades across the city, including the completion of a major stormwater project and ongoing investment in our Local Centres.

We’re also creating a positive environmental legacy for generations to come, with our recently-adopted Newcastle Environment Strategy providing us with a 10-year roadmap for a sustainable Newcastle.

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Meanwhile, Hamilton will soon boast a new multi-million-dollar inclusive playspace at the historic Gregson Park.

The project, due to start early in 2024, is expected to feature a variety of traditional play equipment, as well as a range of accessible and nature-based options, with Indigenous elements, including a yarning circle to encourage knowledge sharing and a bush tucker garden to enrich learning of native edible plants.

Additional shade, a water feature, formal and informal seating, and footbridges will also complement an upgraded, user-friendly amenities building and covered picnic area.

Council welcomed the latest step, accepting the tender, in the delivery of the $3 million venture.

City of Newcastle is committed to supplying quality playgrounds and green spaces across Newcastle for locals and visitors to enjoy.

We know our community values Gregson Park’s rich Indigenous history and what it offers as a diverse recreational space.

Construction of this playspace, in the new year, was identified as a high priority in the adopted masterplan for the much-loved park.

We’ve undertaken extensive community engagement in preparing the Gregson Park Masterplan 2021, with feedback incorporated into the final design for the playspace and upgraded amenities, along with consultation with First Nations Australians to appropriately capture Indigenous elements in the design.

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