Hickson Street Merewether

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A photo showing what the Hickson Street site would look like once the water tank is demolished and the proposed communications tower installed.

Hunter Water is planning to demolish the ageing water tank off Hickson Street, Merewether and construct a new communications tower in its place over the coming months.

We have assessed the environmental and community impacts of the project and identified ways to reduce and mitigate these impacts. This assessment, called a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), was on public exhibition from 2 to 29 August 2021 and the community was invited to have their say on the proposal.

Our Response to Submissions report addresses the feedback we received and our decision to proceed with the project.

Construction is expected to start in February 2022, after the busy school holiday period, to help minimise impacts on site use. Neighbouring residents and site visitors will be kept informed of construction timing and impacts and will be notified before work starts.


Water tank demolition

We’re planning to demolish the circa 1955 water tank on Hunter Water owned land off Hickson Street, Merewether, at the entrance to Hickson Street Lookout. This work is part of a project to reduce ongoing maintenance requirements, operational safety and improve reliability of water supply to our customers.

Thanks to the recent operational changes we've made within the water network, the tank is now redundant and can be decommissioned without impacting current water pressure or supply to our customers.


Communications tower

Once the tank is demolished, we will construct a new communications tower in its place. The existing radio antennas and communication dish installed on the tank will be relocated to the new tower to ensure continued operation. This equipment provides communications coverage essential for monitoring and controlling our water and wastewater networks.

The tower consists of a 23-metre tall concrete pole plus head-frame arrangement to mount the antennas. The tower will be constructed on the same footprint as the existing tank. The design is based on extensive investigations, including consideration of site constraints and constructability. It also considers feedback we received from adjoining landholders during our consultation.

So we continue communications coverage while the tank is being demolished and the permanent tower constructed, a temporary timber pole will be installed on site to mount the existing communications equipment. This pole will be removed when work finishes.

The tower height will allow for a new 30cm diameter communication dish to be installed to improve communications for Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works. This work would be completed as part of a separate project.

View our design drawings


Previous consultation

Targeted consultation has taken place with key stakeholders and landholders in line with requirements of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (ISEPP). We have consulted City of Newcastle, Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) – National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Subsidence Advisory NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and surrounding residents in Hickson Street.

The Review of Environmental Factors for the proposal was on public exhibition from 2 to 29 August 2021 and the community was invited to have their say on the proposal. The outcome of the exhibition is documented in our Response to Submissions report.

Hunter Water is planning to demolish the ageing water tank off Hickson Street, Merewether and construct a new communications tower in its place over the coming months.

We have assessed the environmental and community impacts of the project and identified ways to reduce and mitigate these impacts. This assessment, called a Review of Environmental Factors (REF), was on public exhibition from 2 to 29 August 2021 and the community was invited to have their say on the proposal.

Our Response to Submissions report addresses the feedback we received and our decision to proceed with the project.

Construction is expected to start in February 2022, after the busy school holiday period, to help minimise impacts on site use. Neighbouring residents and site visitors will be kept informed of construction timing and impacts and will be notified before work starts.


Water tank demolition

We’re planning to demolish the circa 1955 water tank on Hunter Water owned land off Hickson Street, Merewether, at the entrance to Hickson Street Lookout. This work is part of a project to reduce ongoing maintenance requirements, operational safety and improve reliability of water supply to our customers.

Thanks to the recent operational changes we've made within the water network, the tank is now redundant and can be decommissioned without impacting current water pressure or supply to our customers.


Communications tower

Once the tank is demolished, we will construct a new communications tower in its place. The existing radio antennas and communication dish installed on the tank will be relocated to the new tower to ensure continued operation. This equipment provides communications coverage essential for monitoring and controlling our water and wastewater networks.

The tower consists of a 23-metre tall concrete pole plus head-frame arrangement to mount the antennas. The tower will be constructed on the same footprint as the existing tank. The design is based on extensive investigations, including consideration of site constraints and constructability. It also considers feedback we received from adjoining landholders during our consultation.

So we continue communications coverage while the tank is being demolished and the permanent tower constructed, a temporary timber pole will be installed on site to mount the existing communications equipment. This pole will be removed when work finishes.

The tower height will allow for a new 30cm diameter communication dish to be installed to improve communications for Burwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Works. This work would be completed as part of a separate project.

View our design drawings


Previous consultation

Targeted consultation has taken place with key stakeholders and landholders in line with requirements of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (ISEPP). We have consulted City of Newcastle, Department of Planning Industry and Environment (DPIE) – National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Subsidence Advisory NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and surrounding residents in Hickson Street.

The Review of Environmental Factors for the proposal was on public exhibition from 2 to 29 August 2021 and the community was invited to have their say on the proposal. The outcome of the exhibition is documented in our Response to Submissions report.

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