The Newcastle Ocean Baths Community Reference Group (CRG) was formed to help the planning process for renewal of the Baths through discussions and co-design workshops. The CRG will meet throughout the concept design phase, until a final concept design is determined and the project enters the detailed design phase.

The CRG is one element of our engagement program for revitalising Newcastle Ocean Baths. The CRG complements other engagement activities with the broader community. To stay up to date on how to have a say on how the site is upgraded as the project progresses, please visit our Ocean Baths Have Your Say page.


  • Contribute to the planning of facilities that balance the needs of all users of the Baths
  • Inform the broader community of project objectives, status and outcomes of the project

Functions of the CRG

  • Provide information on current usage and areas for improvement of the Baths
  • Provide feedback and information to the community
  • Represent your user group
  • Provide feedback to City of Newcastle (CN) on proposals

CRG reporting structure

  • The CRG is part of CN’s review process and is not a decision-making body. Outcomes of CRG meetings will be reported to the Coastal Revitalisation Project Control Group

Full Terms of Reference

CRG members were selected through an expression of interest (EOI) process. All EOIs were reviewed by a panel of three City of Newcastle officers representing Community Engagement, Project Management and Planning. The group represents a broad mix of interest areas and ages from across our local government area.

Community members

  • Paul Scott
  • Jeremy Landers
  • David Compton
  • David Henderson
  • Roderick See
  • Peter Shields
  • Jennifer Ciba
  • Mel Allen
  • Michelle Ware

Stakeholder members

  • Peter Sherlock - Hunter Living Histories (Coal River Working Party)
  • Ross Taggart - Pirates Swimming Club
  • Peter Wickham - Friends of Newcastle Ocean Baths
  • Karen Read - Newcastle East Residents Group
  • Mark Metrikas - National Trust
  • Robert Faraday - Local businesses representative
  • Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council - CEO or delegate

City of Newcastle Advisory Committee members

  • Cr Peta Winney-Baartz - Infrastructure Advisory Committee
  • Cr Dr Elizabeth Adamczyk - Liveable Cities Advisory Committee
  • Cr Margaret Wood - Access Inclusion Advisory Committee