Nobbys Lighthouse receives funding for next phase of development
Photographer: Hannah Rose
Newcastle Now has been successful in securing $500,000 in grant funding from the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund, administered by Hunter Development Corporation. This funding will be directed toward a $1.5 million development of the site to position it as an iconic tourist destination on par with Newcastle Memorial Walk and Fort Scratchley.
“Since Newcastle Now has managed Nobbys Lighthouse, we have welcomed over 150,000 visitors to the site on Sundays, many of whom have expressed the need for further development. Requests range from extending the opening hours to a café and restaurant,” says Michael Neilson Executive Manager for Newcastle Now.
“Newcastle Now plans to lodge a development application, two years in the making, which will see a broader range of uses and activities over the site to encourage greater public access and overall activation that is inclusive and appeals to a broad crosssection of the community.”
“The proposed operating model will be based on a social enterprise framework to ensure surplus funds do go back into the community, and should there be any surplus income, it will be directed into city centre projects to assist with the revitalisation of Newcastle and its economic development.”
Once completed, facilities will provide an exhibition space, outdoor exercise equipment, and play area, viewing decks, a café, and a restaurant with conference and catering facilities.
These facilities will enable income generation to fund sustainable operations and extend opening hours.
Newcastle Now has already completed $500,000 in value of works on the site, including the restoration of cottages and buildings to a safe and weatherproof condition with operating facilities and portable accessible toilet. This work has been funded by cash contributions and community in-kind support.
Newcastle Now will seek community, corporate and public funding for the next stage of capital works, and will begin a crowd-funding appeal to add further elements.