Merewether is one of the major flying sites in Newcastle and recently thanks to funding from the NSWHPA and great organisational skills from the Newcastle hanggliding club some major site improvements were completed.
Prior to the site works being undertaken the Merwether site was becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous due to an increase in vegetation in front of the launch. The site is located on NSW National Parks land meant that further vegetation reduction was not allowed. A concession was made to increase the height of the take off platform which would involve considerable earthworks and landscaping that would meet the NSW National Parks approval.
Ward Gunn from the Newcastle Hanggliding club along with assistance from John Harriott navigated the tough bureaucracy to get the project approved and most importantly, executed. Here's some pictures of the site. Why not, head up and fly there to see how good it actually is.