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  • 16/10/2019 11:30 AM

    Nobbys Headland reimagined

    Port Authority of New South Wales wants to hear the community’s ideas for the future use of the iconic Nobbys Headland.

    Nobbys Headland is one of Newcastle’s best vantage points, with 360-degree views of the city, working harbour and Newcastle’s stunning coastline. It is home to an active lighthouse that’s been in operation for over 150 years and continues to safely direct ships in and out of Newcastle harbour.

    Now, Port Authority of New South Wales is consulting with leaders in the Newcastle community, interest groups, business associations and the broader community for input into the possible future uses at Nobbys Headland.

    Nobbys is one of Newcastle’s most recognisable landmarks, but its ongoing use is not without challenges – the site has steep and restricted access, services are limited and the planning and heritage requirements are comprehensive. The site includes the three cottages, ancillary buildings and grounds. It excludes the signal station and lighthouse buildings and their footprints. It also excludes Macquarie Pier.

    We are looking for great ideas that meet the unique site constraints.

    Potential uses that may be considered with approval include a café, restaurant, kiosk, eco-tourism facility, port and maritime interpretative centre or museum, as well as a local history, cultural or community facility.

    The data gathered through the consultation process will inform an expression of interest (EOI) for its long-term use.

    Opportunities to provide feedback

    Port Authority has engaged Mara Consulting to manage communications and consultation activities related to the possible future use of Nobbys Headland.

    The consultation period is open from Wednesday 16 October – Wednesday 30 October 2019.

    There are plenty of ways you can help shape the future of Nobbys Headland:

    Mara Consulting is the key point of contact for the project to ensure all ideas, feedback and concerns are heard and used to inform the expressions of interest process for future use of Nobbys Headland later this year.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Mara office on 4965 4317 or email

    Have your say on the future of Nobbys Headland

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