TIMETABLE: The post and chain fence will be retained in the $360,000 Bogey Hole works program, due for completion in March. – Picture by Ryan Osland SAFE ACCESS: The plans for the Bogey Hole. – Artwork by EJE Architecture
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ACCESS to Newcastle’s Bogey Hole should be restored by March, with the state government awarding a $360,000 tender for the safety works.

Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said the successful tenderer was Sydney company Wardrope and Carroll Engineering.

The work involves the installation of a new stairway, seven-metre-long pool access platform and safety netting at the coastal rock pool, which is popular with swimmers and tourists.

Ms Hodgkinson said materials would fit in with the site’s natural features.

‘‘The work will also reinstate the historic post and chain fence surrounding the pool and include signage and other safety features,’’ she said.

The Bogey Hole, carved out of rock in about 1820, is on the state heritage register. There had been fears it would close due to safety concerns.

The NSW Heritage Council has granted approval for the works.

The money will come from the Public Reserves Management Fund, which is overseen by the Crown Lands branch of Primary Industries.

Newcastle MP Tim Owen said the awarding of the tender was a ‘‘small but important step in the revitalisation of Newcastle’s coastline’’.

He reminded people to obey safety warning signs at the Bogey Hole.

The work is expected to be completed by March.