Seaham shared pathways officially opened

15 December 2023

The shared pathways around Seaham are officially connected with the installation of new informative signs that bring vibrancy to the area, enhance engagement with the environment, and encourage new visitors to Seaham.

A sign with information and a map of Seaham

The project was possible thanks to a Port Stephens Council Vibrant Spaces grant awarded to local community member, Kate Murray and was completed in partnership with Council, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Ms Murray said she wanted to continue the work her late father, Brian Gilligan, had commenced over 50 years ago when he campaigned to have the Seaham Swamp gazetted to its Nature Reserve status.

“Dad was a resident of Seaham for over 47 years and was passionate about environment protection, land management and conservation. He always hoped to establish pathways to provide links between the Nature Reserve and Seaham Park for the community to enjoy,” Ms Murray shared.

“I wanted to continue his legacy by creating beautiful, informative signs to link the key historic sites of the town, sharing the hidden past of the Seaham area in a fun and engaging way.

“Thanks to Council’s Vibrant Spaces grant, I’ve been able to bring Dad’s dream to life – encouraging people to appreciate the uniqueness of the area,” Ms Murray added.

The new colourfully illustrated signs with maps and information have been installed at the bird hut overlooking the Seaham Swamp, and at various other places of significance around Seaham.

“I hope the creation of this informative journey through Seaham encourages people to visit and discover its rich history,” Ms Murray said.

Strategy and Environment Section Manager Brock Lamont said the Hinterland Place Plan, which was endorsed by Council in November, empowered the community to implement change and action, as evidenced in the Seaham Shared Pathways Project.

“This project celebrates local history, provides interpretive information for visitors and has created spaces to connect, rest and relax. It’s a great example of the community working in partnership with Council to improve liveability and wellbeing,” said Mr Lamont.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with residents and business in the Hinterland to help establish a new Town Team for the area.

“We’ve already seen some really positive outcomes from the collaborations encouraged by the Town Team model in both Karuah and Medowie over the last year, so we’re keen to collaborate with local schools, residents and business to make sure we achieve the same outcomes for the Hinterland,” Mr Lamont added.

Learn more about the Seaham Shared Pathways at

To read the Hinterland Place Plan or find out how to get involved in the Hinterland Town Team, visit