Public Hearings

Residents and ratepayers are provided an opportunity to voice their opinion or concern to an independent facilitator under certain circumstances.

Council will arrange a public hearing following the exhibition of a planning proposal which seeks to change the classification of Council owned land from community land to operational land. Holding a public hearing on such matters is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1993 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

A public hearing may also be held where required by the Minister for Planning, or where determined necessary by Council, as part of the community consultation for a proposed amendment to Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012.

The Local Government Act 1993 also requires a public hearing to be held when community land is to be categorised for the first time or if the categorisation of community land is changed. All community land must be categorised in one of five categories:

  1. park
  2. sportsground
  3. area of cultural significance
  4. general community use
  5. natural area (further categorised as either foreshore, watercourse, bushland, escarpment or wetland).

Upcoming public hearings

Proposed reclassification of land at 233 Wharf Road, Newcastle (Council’s Boat Harbour Car Park)

A Planning Proposal in relation to the above land, known as Boat Harbour Carpark, to amend Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012, was placed on public exhibition from 3 February 2020 for 28 days. 

The Planning Proposal involves reclassifying land from 'Community' to 'Operational' which requires a Public Hearing under Section 29 of the Local Government Act 1993.  A Public Hearing regarding the proposed reclassification will be held on:

Date: Thursday 6 August 2020

Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Newcastle City Hall – Mulubinba Room, 290 King Street, Newcastle (to be confirmed)

You must register your details by Friday 24 July 2020, to allow for appropriate arrangements to be made to ensure the health and safety of participants and for confirmation of meeting location. 

Registration and enquiries:  Dan Starreveld, Senior Urban Planner – or 4974 2964