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Visitors to the new Charlestown Square will be
greeted by an urban garden that incorporates
elements of Lake Macquarie's geography
General Manager of Charlestown Square, Peter
Francis, said the heavily landscaped South Piazza
will be "the beautiful front door of the centre."
The South Piazza will feature restaurants, cafes, a
tenpin bowling centre and a youth and community
centre, with outdoor highlights such as a lavish
terraced garden and two children's playgrounds.
Mr Francis said key geographical and historical
features of the region are particularly reflected in
"The first playground encompasses the theme
of the sea and celebrates the rich history of boat
building in the area. We have put some beautiful
timber boats in there and jetties the kids can
Another playground has as its central feature a
fountain based on Glenrock Lagoon. "We took a
photo of the lagoon, turned the photo into a 3D
image and created a sculpture and a fountain. Kids
can float boats down there and play amongst the
pop-jets," Mr Francis said.
The boat-building industry and importance
of the lake and the ocean to the history of the
region and its people were highlighted in a study
commissioned by Charlestown Square. The study,
which consulted local Indigenous and historical
groups, is called 'An Interpretation of Place'. Lake
Macquarie's mining history also features heavily
in the study and influenced some interior design
elements of the Centre, such as the stone flooring
and wooden-beam ceilings of the new fresh
The South Piazza also incorporates a light feature
designed around a unique view of the geography
of the region. "If you look at Lake Macquarie at
night from outer space it appears as a constellation
because the villages are so dispersed around the
lake," Mr Francis said.
"We have replicated to scale that constellation.
Each village is represented by a light in the piazza
floor and a plaque celebrating a fact about the
Wire light fittings.
village, such as how its name was developed."
Lynda Little, manager of the new Charlestown
Youth and Community Centre to be based within
the South Piazza, is impressed by the focus on
local history and sees flow-on benefits for visitors.
"I would love to see school excursions here,
commencing at the Youth and Community Centre.
The effort that has gone into incorporating all this
history would be great for educating kids about the
region. There is something about visiting a place
and physically seeing history incorporated into a
site that kids love," she said.
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