Nelson Bay shared space upgrades on the way

There will soon be a new multipurpose shared space in Nelson Bay with works now underway to update the Stockton Street stage area.

Port Stephens Council is undertaking upgrades to the Stockton Street stage thanks to funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces Fund.

Council’s Assets Section Manager John Maretich says the upgrade of the stage is another example where Council is committed to improving public access and promoting vibrancy in the town centre as outlined in the Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan.

“We are excited to be able to start these works to revitalise the stage area and create a quality public space that can be used by workers at lunchtime, musicians and artists or residents and visitors who like to just take some time to sit and enjoy the sights of Nelson Bay.

“The new design makes it easier to walk and move through the area, it improves visual connection to Magnus Street and provides public seating space for café and street dining,” he added.

The concept for the upgrade has been designed through consultation with key community and business groups, including Nelson Bay Civic Pride and the Nelson Bay Precinct Committee.

“The new semi-permanent furniture, lighting and new landscaping and planters will make the space more attractive at all times of the day,” Mr Maretich said.

“We have worked closely with Nelson Bay Civic Pride who will continue their efforts to beautify Nelson Bay by adding some more landscaping and gardens to the town centre.

“Supporting our local community during these times is important to us and we have worked with local trades to get this work done,” he added.

The upgrades support Council’s vision of the Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan to prioritise people by creating more spaces for the community to enjoy.

Works are currently underway and will be completed by Christmas – more information can be found on our Project and Works page.