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Camp Shortland Rectification - Community Engagement

Camp Shortalnd and Foreshore Park

Following the inaugural Newcastle 500 event, Newcastle City Council is reviewing the use and presentation of the Camp Shortland precinct in the Foreshore. As the first stage, feedback from the community is being sought to ensure that this space provides facilities that best reflect the ways that residents would best like to use this key space in Newcastle's harbour side regional park.

Camp Shortland is a unique space, with an extensive history that stretches back to the first colonisation of the Newcastle Region. It falls within the Coal River Precinct which is listed on the State Heritage Register, and includes the surrounding sites such as Fort Scratchley, Nobbys Head, Convict Lumberyard site, Macquarie Pier, and the Breakwater.

One key component of this review is the long term use of the section of the Newcastle 500 track infrastructure that joins the Nobbys Beach car parks through to the Horseshoe Beach car park. Currently this section is nominated to be covered with top soil and grass, with the existing path connections to be maintained. This is as per the conditions as set by the Office of Environment and Heritage under the approvals granted for the civil works package.

Council is seeking community feedback on potential new ways to use and activate this space. Possible options include heritage interpretations/information, a children's bicycle track or play areas, fitness/parkour equipment, shade shelters, seating, planter boxes, artwork, and event spaces are presented here for public comment.

One key aspect of any alternate option will be the inclusion of a heritage interpretation element. The Coal River precinct, and Camp Shortland specifically, has an extensive and colourful history that deserves to be represented at this site. Council will work closely with key subject matter experts and stakeholders to develop an installation that not only conveys the history of the area, but does so in an artistic and engaging manner that works with the surrounding elements. Further information on the site history can be found in the document library along with FAQs and the Foreshore Plan of Management.

Potential Options

Following are several concept images that show different elements that could be used within this space. Please review these options and complete the survey at the bottom of the page below to assist Council to deliver a precinct that best meets the expectations of the greater community. All options will be removable to allow for event use of the space. The feedback received will form the basis of the proposal that will be presented to the Office of Environment and Heritage for their consideration and approval.

Note that the following will not be considered for this space, as they have been deemed unsuitable applications or duplications of existing installations nearby: skate park, vehicle access/road, parking, or a traditional children's play ground.


Outdoor gym equipment


Historical signage


Children's play activity areas


Children's bike track


Sporting areas


Planter boxes, seating and shade



Area re-turfed




Following the inaugural Newcastle 500 event, Newcastle City Council is reviewing the use and presentation of the Camp Shortland precinct in the Foreshore. As the first stage, feedback from the community is being sought to ensure that this space provides facilities that best reflect the ways that residents would best like to use this key space in Newcastle's harbour side regional park.

Camp Shortland is a unique space, with an extensive history that stretches back to the first colonisation of the Newcastle Region. It falls within the Coal River Precinct which is listed on the State Heritage Register, and includes the surrounding sites such as Fort Scratchley, Nobbys Head, Convict Lumberyard site, Macquarie Pier, and the Breakwater.

One key component of this review is the long term use of the section of the Newcastle 500 track infrastructure that joins the Nobbys Beach car parks through to the Horseshoe Beach car park. Currently this section is nominated to be covered with top soil and grass, with the existing path connections to be maintained. This is as per the conditions as set by the Office of Environment and Heritage under the approvals granted for the civil works package.

Council is seeking community feedback on potential new ways to use and activate this space. Possible options include heritage interpretations/information, a children's bicycle track or play areas, fitness/parkour equipment, shade shelters, seating, planter boxes, artwork, and event spaces are presented here for public comment.

One key aspect of any alternate option will be the inclusion of a heritage interpretation element. The Coal River precinct, and Camp Shortland specifically, has an extensive and colourful history that deserves to be represented at this site. Council will work closely with key subject matter experts and stakeholders to develop an installation that not only conveys the history of the area, but does so in an artistic and engaging manner that works with the surrounding elements. Further information on the site history can be found in the document library along with FAQs and the Foreshore Plan of Management.

Potential Options

Following are several concept images that show different elements that could be used within this space. Please review these options and complete the survey at the bottom of the page below to assist Council to deliver a precinct that best meets the expectations of the greater community. All options will be removable to allow for event use of the space. The feedback received will form the basis of the proposal that will be presented to the Office of Environment and Heritage for their consideration and approval.

Note that the following will not be considered for this space, as they have been deemed unsuitable applications or duplications of existing installations nearby: skate park, vehicle access/road, parking, or a traditional children's play ground.


Outdoor gym equipment


Historical signage


Children's play activity areas


Children's bike track


Sporting areas


Planter boxes, seating and shade



Area re-turfed




  • Camp Shortland Rectification Survey

    We welcome community feedback regarding the best use of Camp Shortland for residents and visitors alike.

    We welcome community feedback regarding the best use of Camp Shortland for residents and visitors alike.

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