$1 million boost for City of Newcastle projects

26 Nov 2020

An active sports hub in Wallsend and the long-awaited upgrade of the local centre at Blackbutt Village in New Lambton, have jointly received a $1 million boost from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes has today welcomed the funding announcement by the NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro of support for community projects that will provide much-needed recreational facilities within the western corridor of Newcastle.

“The funding announced today by NSW Deputy Premier adds to the multi-million-dollar investment that City of Newcastle has previously committed towards realising these fantastic projects for Wallsend and New Lambton,” Cr Nelmes said.

“$500,000 for the Wallsend Active Hub expands on the $1 million already committed to the project by City of Newcastle, while $591,677 for the Blackbutt Village renewal will ensure the timely delivery of a much-needed upgrade at Orchardtown Road, which we have allocated more than $4 million towards.

“The Wallsend Active Hub will be a drawcard for the suburb, attracting families from outside the area to enjoy the multi-purpose space in the same way the hugely popular Stockton Active Hub does.

“A concept plan for the project, which is still in the initial planning stages and will be put forward for community consultation, includes a range of potential facilities such as basketball and multipurpose courts, a bike track, fitness facilities, play equipment and shade structures.”

Cr Nelmes said the upgrade to Blackbutt Village at Orchardtown Road, New Lambton would improve the look and feel of the popular shopping strip while making the space safer and more accessible for pedestrians.

“The revitalisation of Blackbutt Village will improve safety and enhance the look and feel of the area to boost visitation and support local businesses,” Cr Nelmes said.

“Key features include an off-road shared pedestrian and cycle path, new pedestrian crossing and footpath connections to Blackbutt Reserve and Richley Reserve, as well as wider footpaths to improve outdoor dining and promote activation of the centre.

“The project will also involve the renewal of drainage, kerb, gutter, road, footpaths, lighting and street furniture, as well as tree planting and landscaping.

“Following the adoption of the Blackbutt Village Public Domain Plan at the September Council meeting, the project has progressed into the detailed design phase, with construction expected to start next financial year.”

City of Newcastle was among 24 Local Government Areas to share in funding under round seven of the Resources for Regions program, which aims to support mining-impacted communities in regional NSW by providing economic opportunities, improved amenity and positive social outcomes.