Priority Projects

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In 2012 the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) approved Newcastle City Council's application for a 5% special rate variation on top of the rate cap for priority projects.

The rate variation generates approximately $44.6 million over ten years to contribute to the major projects.  The projects deliver on the community’s vision for the city developed after 18 months of extensive consultation culminating in the Newcastle Community Strategic Plan 2030.

The four highest priority projects being delivered are:  

City Centre Revitalisation

Over the next few years Council will work alongside the NSW Government and the private sector to deliver initiatives to revitalise Hunter Street and the City Centre.

Providing new 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.

Revitalising our Coast

In 2010, Council and the NSW Government consulted widely with the community to develop a Masterplan for managing our coastal resources. We have identified a number of projects to revitalise the coast, including Bathers Way and coastal improvements...

Upgrading Blackbutt Reserve

Blackbutt Reserve is the green heart of Newcastle, providing visitors the chance to enjoy nature trails, wildlife exhibits and recreational facilities. Projects to upgrade the reserve include the construction of playgrounds and toilet block...