There are various projects underway that will all go toward revitalising our City Centre. These are delivered in collaboration with the NSW Government and private sector. Major works include:
East End Public Domain Plan
The East End Public Domain Plan - Phases 1 and 2 are based on the East End Stage One Streetscape Plan adopted in 2018 covering Hunter Street Mall and adjoining streets, with an additional upgrade for streets around the Mall approved by the elected Council in May 2020.
Phase two designs are now complete and the next stage of works along Hunter Street, between Perkins and Scott Streets, is planned to begin in 2023.
Prior to commencing the next stage of works we will be removing three Fig trees along the refuge island between Hunter and Scott Streets.
Assessments have determined that the health and condition of these trees are declining, and their roots have become highly restricted. Planned revitalisation works in the area would be further detrimental to the health of the trees. Removal of the trees is now essential to allow completion of the project. Additional trees will be planted in the area as part of the project.
City of Newcastle has engaged T.C.L. Landscape Architects in partnership with local firm Bosque Landscape Architects to prepare the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan (Masterplan). Community engagement occurred throughout 2020 and 2021, with the Masterplan to be placed on public exhibition in 2022. The scope of the project has been defined by the Foreshore Plan of Management (POM). View the POM at the Foreshore Precinct park webpage and view further Masterplan information at the Foreshore Park Precinct Masterplan project webpage.
Works will include:
- Improved cycle and pedestrian links from the Civic Precinct to Bathers Way.
- Landscape upgrades along the foreshore.
- Masterplanning to Foreshore Park including upgrades to the playground and event spaces.
West End Streetscape
The West End Stage Two Streetscape Plan was adopted in July 2019 (The Plan). The Plan provides a strategic guideline for the design and implementation of public domain works within Newcastle’s West End. View the Plan and associated information.
The Plan provides many improvements to the streetscape including:
- Uniform footpaths improving accessibility and ease of walking.
- Increased opportunities for pedestrians to cross Hunter Street.
- Increased numbers of street trees.
- Landscaped gardens, and the creation of alfresco dining areas.
City of Newcastle was successful in receiving Streets as Shared Spaces grant funding to implement trial cycleways along Hunter Street between Worth Place and National Park Street. These works were completed in September 2021. View information on the trial cycleway.
Planning to extend the trial to Wickham will continue throughout 2022.