Council Gives Skate Bowl On South Newcastle Beach A Rethink

The plans are being reconsidered.

24 January 2019

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Newcastle Council is reconsidering plans to build a skate bowl on part of South Newcastle Beach.

The proposal was made as a part of plans for the next stage of the Bathers Way project, however the position of the bowl on part of the beach itself is being reviewed following community consultation late last year.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says there's also fresh planning concerns which need to be addressed.

"Changes in State Government legislation, which came into effect in July 2018 for development in coastal areas, also means the planning pathway to approval is uncertain."

"At the least, additional assessment criteria would be required meaning the project would be under continued uncertainty for possibly another twelve months."

"Given this uncertainty and the community concern, the sensible action from Council is to re-examine the location of the skate bowl, with a view to potentially delivering the project within the existing footprint."

"This would enable the skate bowl to proceed but without it being located on the beach itself."

Council say constriction on the project remains on track to begin later this year, taking two years to complete.

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