People from across Newcastle and the Hunter region have another chance to help shape the revitalisation of Newcastle city centre with the start of the Revitalising Newcastle community engagement initiative today.
The six week program was developed by UrbanGrowth NSW in collaboration with Newcastle City Council and endorsed by Council.
It provides the chance to consider a range of opportunities for the revitalisation of the city centre, which have been developed taking into account feedback from the community, Newcastle City Council, city renewal experts, and other Government agencies, as well as consideration of successful revitalisation projects from around the world.
“Reflecting the feedback we’ve received so far, we have prepared a range of opportunities that we hope will serve as starting points for the community’s discussion about the future of the city centre,” UrbanGrowth NSW program director Michael Cassel said.
“We hope these will help the community see some of the possibilities for the city centre’s revitalisation, and will generate feedback and discussion so we can firm up a final plan for Council to consider.
“For example, some people expressed the view that the land in the heavy rail corridor should be mainly parkland, while others wanted it transformed into active recreational and cultural opportunities. Others felt that some of the land should be used for enterprises that stimulate the economy and attract investment to the city centre, including educational, jobs and innovation hubs, with a range of housing to support new jobs in the city.
“Now it’s up to the people of Newcastle and the Hunter to consider these opportunities and tell us what they think, to help us understand what aspects best achieve the community’s aspirations for the city centre.”
Community feedback from last year generally supported:
- Reinstating Hunter Street as a thriving main street where people can shop and enjoy cultural and leisure activities
- Introducing new jobs and educational facilities in the city centre
- Improving connections between the city centre and the waterfront
- Creating a mix of housing types in the city centre
- Restoring and sensitively reusing heritage buildings such as Newcastle Railway Station
- Enhancing active recreation areas along the waterfront.
A range of opportunities that reflect all of these views have been prepared. Maps and graphics outlining these opportunities are available online for people to consider and comment on.
UrbanGrowth NSW and Newcastle City Council are working together to ensure the engagement program reaches as many people as possible across Newcastle and the Hunter. Everyone in the region is invited to have their say by participating in:
- The Revitalising Newcastle Future Leaders Forum for 12-25 year olds (24 August)
- The Revitalising Newcastle Business and Industry Breakfast (26 August)
- The Revitalising Newcastle Community Forum (30 August)
- Pop-up consultation hubs at local events (details on website)
- An online survey
- Online discussion forums
- Social media interaction #revitalisingnewcastle.
For more information or to participate in online engagement initiatives, visit www.revitalisingnewcastle.com.au