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East End Public Domain Plan - Stage 1

Works on the first phase of the City's revitalisation of Hunter Street Mall have started, with works expected to wrap up in February 2022.

Valued at $5 million, Phase 1 (part of the broader East End Public Domain Plan - Stage 1), focuses on the block bound by Hunter Street, Wolfe Street, King Street and Perkins Street. Works will include new paving, landscaping and public amenity improvements in and around Hunter Street Mall.

Additional upgrades include:

  • stormwater improvements
  • reinstating a kerbed road on Hunter Street
  • paths for pedestrians and cyclists
  • public Wi-Fi
  • smart lighting
  • electric vehicle charging points

The majority of works along Hunter Street (below) are now finishing up and with work on Wolfe Street mostly finished, the focus has turned to Perkins Street. Like Hunter and Wolfe streets, Perkins Street will get a complete streetscape upgrade including new pavement, footpath, kerb and gutter, and drainage improvements.

The vision is for the East End Public Domain Plan - Stage 1 to reinstate Hunter Street as a traditional high street and an attractive destination for locals and visitors, with outdoor dining and boutique retail opportunities. It also complements Iris Capital’s current redevelopment of the David Jones building and other nearby projects.

Future phases of the East End Public Domain Plan - Stage 1, could include upgrades on Thorn Street, Laing Street, Keightly Street and Market Street, as well as more changes along Hunter Street. We are also investigating a Melbourne laneway-style development closing Keightley Street to through traffic. Plans for the development of a 'Stairway to Heaven', linking the Christ Church Cathedral to Newcastle Harbour, may also inform future works.

The East End Public Domain Plan - Stage 1 is based on the East End Streetscape Plan.


Looking east along Hunter Street, from the Perkins Street intersection.

Looking south along Hunter Street from the Wolfe Street intersection.

Looking west along Hunter Street from the Wolfe Street intersection.

View the City Centre Project Updates for more information and visit our Works Page to stay up to date with construction progress.