Business Improvement Areas

In 2010 consultation was conducted to opinion for opportunities for improvement and possible expansion of Newcastle’s special benefit rates (SBR) program.

Consultation was conducted with the small business community and property owners in Newcastle’s mainstreets areas. The consultation report accompanied a business paper to Council on 7 September 2010, which subsequently resulted in Council agreeing to change from the Mainstreet Model to an alternative approach known as a Business Improvement Area (BIA), which have since been implemented with consistent planning and reporting formats across the city.


 2010 Mainstreets consultation report (pdf)