Beresfield Local Centre

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City of Newcastle has completed infrastructure works for Beresfield local centre with dramatic improvements to the drainage, stormwater system, roads, pathways and lighting in the local centre while retaining the character of the area.

Beresfield local centre was one of the first centres to be renewed in 2018/19 as part of our local and neighbourhood centres program.

We worked with local businesses and residents to develop a public domain plan for the infrastructure works for the centre and are continuing placemaking consultation with the community for the area on the corner of Beresford and Lawson Avenues.


  • A 40km/h zone and associated traffic calming devices to reduce speed and increase safety
  • Road and pedestrian lighting upgrade, including lighting to the railway station
  • Drainage renewal and rain garden which will improve the quality of water run-off that enters Hexham Wetlands
  • New site appropriate street trees
  • New street furniture, including seats, bike racks and bins
  • New kerb, gutter and footpath
  • Renewed road pavement
  • Retention of on street parking
  • Free WiFi.

Placemaking Project status

Construction work for Beresfield local centre infrastructure renewal commenced in March 2018 and was carried out in stages. The infrastructure renewal work was completed in August 2019.

We have teamed up with the University of Newcastle to develop creative ideas for the space using information provided by the community.  This collaborative approach builds on research undertaken by the University on urban heat island effect.  The community will have the opportunity to view concept ideas and vote on their favourite later this year with completion planned for early 2020.

Visit Have Your Say ~ Beresfield: Bring this space to life to view the community feedback gathered from the April 2019 placewarming activities and to be involved in future consultation.

Celebration opening

A community celebration was held to mark the revitalisation of Beresfield local centre on 20 September 2019.

Project update
Infrastructure works opening celebration held in September 2019.
Placemaking on the corner of Beresford and Lawson Avenues is ongoing.  The community will have the opportunity to view concept ideas and vote on their favourite later this year.
Following community consultation the new public open space will be delivered on-ground in early 2020.