Priority Projects

Merewether Beach
Newcastle’s transformation into a smart, liveable and sustainable global city is underpinned by our community’s priorities.

In 2010 and again in 2014 we consulted ratepayers on the future direction of major projects to see what they felt was a priority for future infrastructure investment, and whether they were willing to invest an additional five per cent above the standard rate rise cap over a 10-year period to make these projects a reality.

Through extensive community consultation, combined with the additional $44.6 million in revenue to be received through the rate increase, the people of Newcastle identified the following projects as their top-four priorities:

  1. Revitalising our City Centre
  2. Revitalising our coast
  3. Improving Blackbutt Reserve
  4. Improving our Cycleways.

Community engagement

Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan

To ensure our community continued to influence our decision making, in 2017 we carried out widespread  consultation over 18 months to understand what the community wanted for the future of their city, resulting in the establishment of the updated   Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan (pdf). This long-term plan was developed to ensure Newcastle grew into a prosperous and valued city in line with our community desires. Our community continued to support the direction of the four priority projects.
 

City Centre Revitalisation

Working with the NSW Government and the private sector to deliver initiatives to revitalise Hunter Street and the city centre, including delivery of a light rail system, revitalisation of the old rail corridor, a new multi-purpose transport...

Coastal Revitalisation

Our Coastal Revitalisation Program involves: Improving Bathers Way; Improved access to the beach and coastal buildings; Improved traffic and parking; Cliff stabilisation; Dune regeneration; Water sensitive urban design initiatives to filter...

Blackbutt Reserve

Projects to upgrade the reserve include the construction of playgrounds and toilet block, kiosk, education centre and BBQ shelters.

Cycleways

A key part of Council's vision for Newcastle is to be a smart, liveable and sustainable City. We will be a leading lifestyle city with vibrant public places, connected transport networks and a distinctive built environment.