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Launch of the draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan (GNMP)

Following extensive consultation with business and industry, local government and the wider community, the draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 is now on exhibition until 28 February 2018.

Your feedback on the strategies and actions that will drive sustainable growth across Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Government Areas is invited. 


Newcastle is Australia’s seventh largest city. Its future sees investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever draft metropolitan plan aims to capitalise on this investment through a collaborative approach.

Metropolitan planning for Greater Newcastle

The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 set the vision for the Hunter to be the leading regional economy in Australia with a vibrant new metropolitan city at its heart. 

This first-ever Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan delivers a collaborative framework for a significant part of the Regional Plan by setting out the outcomes and strategies to be an integrated metropolitan city.

The Metropolitan Plan provides the framework and actions to deliver on the vision, create great places across Greater Newcastle and prioritise infrastructure and services in catalyst areas.


Australia’s newest and emerging economic and lifestyle city, acknowledged globally:

  • as a dynamic and entrepreneurial city, with a globally competitive economy and the excitement of the inner city and green suburban communities;
  • as a place that offers great lifestyles minutes from beaches or bushland, the airport or universities, and from the port to the lake;
  • as a national leader in the new economy, with collaborative governance that makes it a model to others in creating and adapting to change.

Delivering the Hunter Regional Plan 2036

The draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan aligns with the vision and goals of the Hunter Regional Plan 2036, and delivers on the priority action to prepare a Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan.


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Download the draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan (PDF, 6.7MB)

View the draft GNMP

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