Bathers Way Shortland Esplanade, Newcastle Exemption Application
In 2014 the City of Newcastle engaged Umwelt to provide heritage advice, the approvals required under the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW) and archaeological monitoring in relation to the construction of the Shortland Esplanade section of the Bathers Way; part of Newcastle’s Coastal Revitalisation Program. Construction of this section of the Bathers Way, located within the State Heritage Register listed Coal River Precinct, required approval from the Heritage Division, Office of Environment and Heritage.
Works undertaken by Umwelt on behalf of the City of Newcastle included archaeological monitoring and recording of a short section of the former Nobby’s Head Railway; the majority of which likely remains in situ beneath the entire length of the current surface of the breakwater. The former railway was first utilised from approximately 1869 to 1883 to transport ballast and large stones from the Waratah quarry to assist in the construction and strengthening of the breakwater (former Macquarie Pier dating to 1818) to Nobbys Head. Based on the results of the archaeological works the rail line will be reinterpreted within the new pathway.