What: The NSW Government is revitalising the Newcastle city centre to boost economic activity and reinforce the city’s role as a 21st century regional centre.
Council: Newcastle City Council
Our role: UrbanGrowth NSW is playing a coordinating role on the project. We are working closely with Transport for NSW, Planning and Environment, Hunter Development Corporation and Newcastle City Council on this important project.
What’s proposed: The NSW Government has made a number of announcements related to the transformation of Newcastle, including:
- a new multi-modal transport interchange at Wickham
- light rail between Wickham interchange and the beach
- state and federal government funding towards the relocation of University of Newcastle city campus, law and business faculties to Civic
- redevelopment of landholdings around Hunter Street Mall in the East End
Ongoing community engagement is important to the transformation of Newcastle.
In 2014 UrbanGrowth NSW undertook a two-month engagement program, Design Newcastle, to seek ideas from the community and stakeholders on the city’s renewal. Over 950 stakeholders, including community groups, individuals, local council and representatives from NSW Government agencies participated.
The community told us they are largely supportive of the opening of the rail corridor and upgrading of public domain. Development in the corridor was generally positively received, although it needs to support jobs and housing and be sympathetic to the existing cityscape.
Findings are outlined in Design Newcastle: A report on what the community told us.
UrbanGrowth NSW will take on board the views and ideas identified through Design Newcastle as the transformation program is developed.
In 2015 Transport for NSW will also undertake community consultation on the proposal for light rail for the Newcastle city centre.
For more information on the Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport Program and associated projects, visit the Revitalising Newcastle website www.revitalisingnewcastle.com.au