New day for athletics in Maitland
In the coming months construction of the main works will begin on the Maitland Regional Athletics Complex at Smyth Field. The works include a new grandstand, amenities, road access, car parking, drainage, a playground and the crown jewel, an IAAF certified Class 2 synthetic athletics track.
The new facility, which is being funded by two State Government grants and Council, will mean Maitland has the capability to host regional and state level athletics meets.
The athletics facility is Stage Two of the development of the Maitland Regional Sports Hub, which encompasses both the athletics facility and No. 1 Sportsground.
The third stage of the Hub (currently in the design phase) will include more parking, an outdoor fitness station and exercise path, and other upgrades to No. 1 Sportsground including new fencing, lighting, amenities, amphitheatre seating and a new LED scoreboard.
Construction on the Maitland Regional Athletics Complex is expected to wrap up towards the middle of next year while the Maitland Regional Sports Hub should be completed by 2021.
To learn more about Council’s other major works go to www.maitland.nsw.gov.au/delivery-program
Wheels turning on Cessnock Road cycleway project
Construction on the new Cessnock Road Cycleway is continuing, with the Fishery Creek pedestrian bridge recently completed. The bridge was Stage 3 of a four stage project.
The design of the remaining stages for the full length of the cycleway is now complete and Stage 1 path construction works are currently underway.
Stage 1 involves the extension of the existing concrete cycleway from James Leslie Drive to Dagworth Road. Preliminary works such as tree removal will be commencing on Stage 2 (Dagworth Road to Fishery Creek) and Stage 4 (Fishery Creek to New England Highway) shortly.
It is hoped locals will be able to use the completed cycleway by the end of the year.
Maitland Heritage Mall ~ Image PLJohnson
AUGUST AT MAITLAND CITY LIBRARY
HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
FAMILY TENSIONS – Michael Sala
Thursday 15 August
Set in Newcastle with vivid descriptions, Michael Sala’s books, The Last Thread and The Restorer, tackle family tensions and the psychological and physical damage that can result.
Michael Sala currently teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle. Read more
CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK
17 – 23 August
Book Week Activities
Celebrate the importance of reading and the power of stories to make the world a better place. Join us for reading, performances, games and activities at all library branches, or we can bring the performance to you with our travelling Book Week Roadshow.
WRITE NOW! PRESENTATION CEREMONY
Wednesday 21 August
Winners of the Write Now! writing challenge will be announced at a special award ceremony at East Maitland Library during Children’s Book Week on Wednesday 21 August.
MEMORY AND LANDSCAPES PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBITION
Thursday 29 August
Personal memories can be unexpectedly awakened by a place, landscape or an object. Featuring historical photographs from the Maitland City Library collection, this landscape themed exhibition will unlock stories from our past. Read more
Memory and Landscapes is presented in celebration of NSW History Week.
Exhibition: 31 August – 8 September
DEEP TIME DREAMING – Billy Griffiths
Saturday 31 August
Writer and historian Billy Griffiths will be speaking about his award winning book Deep Time Dreaming at a free event at MRAG on Saturday 31st August.
Deep Time Dreaming explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging. It is about a slow shift in national consciousness: the deep time dreaming that has changed the way many of us relate to this continent and its enduring, dynamic human history. Read more.