Revitalising Newcastle Video
Newcastle is the second biggest regional city in NSW and is expected to be home to an additional 10,000 jobs and 6,000 additional homes by 2036. Its location and setting between the river and the ocean make it a compact, unique and people-friendly city with the potential to be a vibrant economic, residential and tourist hub of international standards.
Over the next 25 years the NSW Government will transform and revitalise Newcastle's city centre to boost economic activity, reinforcing its role as a 21st century regional centre. A strategy was announced in 2012 with a range of initiatives and an implementation plan to help drive urban renewal and improve links between the city centre and its waterfront.
The initiatives will revitalise Hunter Street with activity focused on three key hubs to form a dynamic city centre and eight new crossings to link the city centre with the foreshore.
Minister Hazzard announces Newcastle's Urban Renewal 2012
The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy [Part 1 - 8MB] [Part 2 - 10MB] [Part 3 - 2MB] [Part 4 - 4MB] [Part 5 - 10MB] [Part 6 - 2MB] was developed by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure in consultation with the City of Newcastle and key State Government agencies to recommend an integrated package of initiatives aimed at developing a solid basis for the long-term successful renewal of the city centre.
Newcastle Precinct Map
Public Transport and Funding the Strategy
In December 2012 the Minister announced that the heavy rail would stop at Wickham and be replaced by a regular frequent bus service between Wickham and Newcastle.
After receiving a number of submissions from the public, the strategy was revised to include light rail. The funding will be provided by the leasing of the Port of Newcastle, making it possible to deliver light rail in the Newcastle CBD, providing the potential basis for a wider light rail service linking the CBD with surrounding suburbs and beaches. Fact sheet.
In the 2013-14 NSW Budget, the NSW Government announced that an additional $340 million would be available for a new vision for Newcastle, in addition to the $120 million the NSW Government has already committed to the revitalisation. Media release.
The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy was publicly exhibited for five months from December 2012 to April 2013. More than 400 submissions were received. Read the submissions.
The department held two community information sessions on 23 February 2013 at Newcastle City Hall. Read the outcomes report.
The department is working with key stakeholders to finalise the strategy before the end of 2013. It will then make recommendations to the Minister about a new planning framework for the study area. The department will continue to work closely with the City of Newcastle during this process.
Some initiatives are already underway. The University of Newcastle has secured funding from the Federal Government, in addition to State Government funding, to expand its city centre campus. University of Newcastle Media Release.