Local Centres Program

James Street Plaza: Bring this space to life

CLOSED: This engagement is closed. Thanks to all who provided feedback. The community has nominated their preferred design for Option 2 - Masterplan Modern Town Square.

James Street Plaza: Bring this space to life


Improving James Street Plaza is a placemaking project supporting our commitment to developing vibrant, safe and active public places under the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan. Our initiative follows a Council resolution in February 2018 to prepare a concept plan for the upgrade of the plaza.

Engagement process 

In July 2019 we ran a series of engagement activities with the people who live, work and play in Hamilton to come up with ideas that will revitalise the local plaza to ensure we develop a master plan that meets the needs of the community and benefits all stakeholders.

CN prepared 2 concept Masterplans for James Street plaza which were on public exhibition from 26 November 2019 and closed 13 January 2020. 


The outcome of the community engagement with the preferred option was presented to a Councillor Workshop on 11 February 2020.  The decision was made to finalise the James Street Plaza Masterplan using the concept option 2 Modern Town Square Masterplan

We would like to thank the local community for sharing your ideas how you think we could renew this public space. 

Visit James Street Plaza, Hamilton to track the project stages.


Final Masterplan

Masterplan - Modern Town Square 

The space will be transformed, providing a safe and inclusive space for everyone to enjoy. The plan will provide a flexible multi-use meeting space, public art and heritage interpretation, retention of trees and shade, seating and more.

Stay up to date

Visit the project page to track the project works
Visit the public exhibition page to learn more.

Project timeline

27 February 2018
Council resolved to prepare a concept plan for the upgrade of James Street plaza.
31 May - 14 June 2019
Have your say on James Street Plaza open for comment. Share your ideas!
6 June 2019
Idea's storming drop in sessions 11am-1pm and 5pm-7pm. Drop in at any point during these times. No RSVP required.
August - October 2019
Concept Designs
Incorporate community and stakeholder feed to inform concept designs.

Contact us

Sarah Horan

Acting Asset Planning Coordinator

Phone: 02 4974 2000
Email: assetplanning@ncc.nsw.gov.au

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