The draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, launched for exhibition in December 2017, is the NSW Government’s plan for the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Area over the next 20 years.
Five elements will shape Greater Newcastle into a dynamic and entrepreneurial city with a globally competitive economy and a great lifestyle.
|City heart||Newcastle City Centre has seen a great amount of improvement and change. Public and private investment and planning has revitalised the city centre and re-connected it to the waterfront. Educational investment and the influx of new creative businesses into sought-after urban areas is encouraging entrepreneurship and helping to create a vibrant and diverse culture at the city heart.|
|City core||The city core is bounded by the Pacific Motorway, edges of the harbour, northern shores of Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean. People living in the city centre enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle with strong local communities, jobs and services, and a range of recreational opportunities.|
|Trading hubs||Greater Newcastle is the only place in regional NSW where national road and rail trade routes intersect with an international trade port. The hubs and routes converge near Tomago and Beresfield-Black Hill, the trade nexus of the area.|
Greater Newcastle is framed by an arc of lifestyle centres from southern Lake Macquarie to Cessnock, Branxton, Maitland and Raymond Terrace. People living in these centres live by the water or the bush, which creates a strong identity and sense of place.
New housing and transport services will be designed to maintain the coastal and green outlooks and improve access to open space, thereby retaining the identity of places that collectively form Greater Newcastle.
|Iconic tourism destinations||Visitors, residents and students are attracted to Greater Newcastle's diverse sporting and event venues - such as Surfest and V8 Supercars - a ribbon of surf beaches, cluster of vineyards and wineries, unique waterways, and world heritage listed national parks.|
The catalyst areas are expected to be the major drivers of employment growth. Job targets for the catalyst areas represent the anticipated job numbers for each area. Part C of the draft Plan contains actions that will assist in meeting these job targets.