West End Stage One Public Domain Plan
Under the West End Stage One Public Domain Plan, Birdwood Park will become the main civic space of the city's future CBD. An outdoor café in the park, a pedestrian plaza and open green space for civic and cultural events, such as outdoor cinema, were approved by the elected Council as part of the plan in 2018. Additional features may include a formal avenue of shade trees, comfortable paved areas with high-quality outdoor furniture, a central promenade with pedestrian lighting and smart pole lighting with WiFi connectivity.
Little Birdwood Park, across King Street, will also be expanded to better integrate with Marketown Shopping Centre, while Parry Street west of National Park Street will be transformed with new pavements and a greener streetscape ideal for small scale markets and festivals.
Partial closure of Gibson Street between Officeworks and National Park Street to accommodate a plaza and outdoor café are also proposed to address anti-social behaviour. Part of the vision is for Marketown shopping centre to eventually open to this space.
The West End precinct is located between Tudor Street and Union Street and is the western gateway into the Newcastle city centre. The area covered by the West End Stage One Public Domain Plan (PDF 11.4MB) is the key public open space within the West End Precinct and will provide a framework for public domain improvements for the area.
What main studies apply?
Hunter Street Revitalisation Strategic Framework
The Strategic Framework is the plan endorsed by the elected Council in December 2010 for Hunter Street. The plan establishes shared community visions for a revitalised Hunter Street. It sets out a number of key themes and 44 priority actions for Hunter Street. View the Hunter Street Revitalisation Strategic Framework (PDF 55MB).
The West End Stage One Public Domain Plan will follow Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation's Revitalising Newcastle Program.
The $650 million NSW Government project featured:
- A new multi-modal transport interchange at Wickham
- Light rail between the Newcastle Interchange and Pacific Park
- Activation of Hunter and Scott streets linked to the delivery of light rail
- The revitalisation of land in the former rail corridor, the delivery of housing, and the delivery of improved public domain, including parks, entertainment precincts and public spaces.