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The NSW Government is asking for community feedback on draft plans for a new Nihon University campus in Newcastle, which is on exhibition now until 19 June. 


Executive Director Priority Projects, David Gainsford, said community input is a vital part of the planning process and encouraged everyone to have their say.


“The draft involve the adaptive re-use of the former Newcastle Courthouse for a Japanese university campus that will also include student accommodation,” he said. 


“We want to hear from the community about their views on the draft plans to help us make a thorough and rigorous assessment and ensure any potential impacts to the surrounding area and local people are considered.” 


The proposal includes:

  • Site preparation works, including removal of 29 trees, earthworks, remediation works and installation of ancillary services and infrastructure.
  • Construction of two new part three, part four-storey buildings, including 108 bed student accommodation building.
  • Associated vehicle access arrangements, ground level car park, public domain works and site landscaping, including rooftop open space.
  • Demolition of the existing Administration Building and Supreme Court Building.


Nihon University has chosen Newcastle as the location of its first overseas campus as a commemorative activity to celebrate the Japanese university’s 130th Anniversary. The move to Newcastle is part of the Japanese Government's New Growth Strategy, which involves the internationalisation of Japanese universities.


Mr Gainsford said the Environmental Impact Statement and all associated documents are available on the NSW Major Projects Planning Portal.


“Once the exhibition closes on 19 June, the Department will consider all community submissions received, along with feedback from other government agencies and councils, as part of its rigorous assessment process,” he said. “All the feedback will help us assess the development application and the proposed amendments to the planning controls, so we can work towards the best outcome for the community.”  


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