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Monthly Bulletin
March/April 2005 - Vol 8 No. 2


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Redevelopment plans for Nobbys Head

by Greg Wendt, Business Editor, Newcastle Herald. Edited by Kristie Eggleston

Nobbys Head Lighthouse and Signal Station
Nobbys Head Lighthouse and Signal Station

Photo: Winsome Bonham

Newcastle's famous Nobbys Head Light, which has stood guard over the harbour entrance for 150 years, is set to become a beacon for tourists.

For the first time in more than 30 years, the public will be able to visit the spectacular headland under a proposed $1.2 million development submitted to the Newcastle City Council.

The Nobbys project proposes public access to a viewing platform on the top of the rocky outcrop, tourist accommodation in the lightkeeper's cottages, a 50-seat restaurant and takeaway shop.

Plans for Nobbys Head Lighthouse and Signal Station redevelopment
Consortium plans for Nobbys Head

Photo: The Herald, Newcastle

A consortium won a tender from Newcastle Port Corporation 18 months ago to design a commercial use for the site that would allow public access. As Nobbys is still an active lighthouse, the consortium had to design a facility that allowed safe public access, without interfering with the operations of the harbour.

Three cottages, formerly used by corporation personnel, will be converted to eight eco-friendly accommodation units. Another building next to the signal station will be converted and extended to form a glass-sided restaurant which will take in the sweeping coastline views.

Murals interpreting the indigenous and maritime history, weather and environmental aspects of Nobbys are planned for the public viewing platform on the restaurant roof. The platform also allows the public to enjoy the view without going on the cliff edge. A concrete slab forming the restaurant roof and platform deck will be the only obvious addition to the area.

Visitors will be able to access Nobbys Head by walking across the breakwall, or travelling by minibus or Newcastle's famous tram.

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