NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Greater Newcastle

Strategic conservation plan

By 2036, Greater Newcastle is expected to have 116,000 more people, 60,450 more dwellings, and nearly 95% of residents living less than 30 minutes away from a strategic centre.

A thriving, liveable Greater Newcastle must include a place for the area’s many native plants and animals. The unique natural environment is one of the key reasons people choose to live in and visit the region.

The NSW Government’s vision for Greater Newcastle is to deliver the infrastructure, housing and jobs needed to cater for future population growth and to create vibrant, liveable, connected urban centres with green spaces and protected biodiversity.

Strategic conservation planning in Greater Newcastle will inform land use planning in the region and consider the local government areas of:

  • Newcastle
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Port Stephens
  • Maitland
  • Cessnock.

More information

For more information email hunter@planning.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 305 695 to speak to someone about the project.

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Page last updated: 31/01/2023