Work will begin this month on the long-awaited reconstruction of Belmont Baths.

The new facility, including a 70 metre jetty and 45 metre-wide swimming enclosure, is expected to be finished early next year, during the height of the summer swim season.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said work would begin on Monday, September 17.

The community has been looking forward to these revamped baths since the jetty was damaged beyond repair in the 2015 super-storm,” Cr Fraser said

“The new jetty, an accessible ramp, and the main swimming enclosure are all expected to be open by late December, with a second stage of works completed in early 2019.

“The lake is our jewel and our major recreational asset, so we want people to use it. Our priority is to create a safe area that is delivered quickly and encourages people to swim in the lake once again,” said Mayor Fraser.

The second stage of the works will include construction of a new amenities block with accessible change room and aquatic wheelchair storage, as well as foreshore landscaping works. This stage of the project is partly funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.