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A public meeting is to be held to raise the profile of the King Edward Park and its environs, the Obelisk, Arcadia Park and the Headland Reserve.

The meeting is intended to inform the community of the vulnerability of these parks. Your attendance and opinions are necessary to endorse and confirm their immense public value. It is an opportunity to shape Government policy on the use of Public Reserves by letting your representatives know how you feel.

Distinguished speakers will include Architects, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury; Archivist, Gionni di Gravio and Cultural Heritage Researcher, Ann Hardy while John Lewer from the Friends of King Edward Park Inc. will outline public action thus far. Together, they will present an overview of our vitally important public open spaces, the heritage, history, and essential need for public participation.

An independent chairperson will conduct the meeting and open it to general discussion and questions from the floor.

It is intended that a strong public resolution will be passed to our political decision makers that will influence their attitudes to future development of these invaluable and irreplaceable public open spaces.

Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Venue: Mulubinba Room, Level 1, Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle NSW 2300

Contact: Public officer, (02) 4929 7647


An initiative of Friends of King Edward Park Inc and the Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust of Australia

King Edward Park nominated for NSW Heritage Register

An Omission Corrected

A recent submission to the NSW Heritage Council by the Coal River Working Party means that at long last the cultural and heritage significance of King Edward Park has been given the opportunity to be recognized.  The submission includes the Park itself, Obelisk Park, Arcadia Park, the King Edward Headland Reserve and the cliffs at South Newcastle Beach. A link is provided so that you can read more about the fascinating history of this area. Our thanks go to

Gionni di Gravio, Ann Hardy and Robert Evans.