City of Newcastle welcomes Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan

17 Sep 2018

City of Newcastle has welcomed the release of the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan as a key planning document in ensuring Newcastle’s emergence as a smart, liveable and sustainable global city.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes joined the NSW Minister for Planning, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, to make the announcement, saying today's release of the plan is momentous for the city.

“City of Newcastle warmly welcomes the release of the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan, which is a blueprint of how to strategically map the future of a city correctly," said the Lord Mayor.

“This plan is a result of a strong collaborative partnership between the NSW Government and the five Greater Newcastle metropolitan councils over a number of years to consolidate planning, infrastructure and jobs growth strategies for Newcastle and the broader region.

“It sets ambitious goals that will see Newcastle emerge as one of the leading economies in Australia, with thousands of additional jobs created to meet strong and continued infrastructure investment.

“It also incorporates the strategic work that City of Newcastle has completed over a number of years including the incorporation of land-use and infrastructure planning to create a liveable future city.”

The plan positions the City of Newcastle as the strong urban core and vibrant metropolitan heart of the Greater Newcastle Region.

“With thousands of new jobs created in a vibrant and evolving city centre, long term infrastructure planning will be key to delivering the ambitious goals that the plan sets out," said the Lord Mayor.

“In order for the broader Hunter region to flourish, the City of Newcastle needs to have a strong and diversified economy with a workforce skilled and ready for the expansion of our health, education, defence, tourism and creative sectors.

"The Greater Metropolitan plan makes it clear that the NSW Government shares this strong belief with the City.

“We look forward to working with our partners across the five metropolitan councils, as well as the NSW and Federal governments, to ensure the implementation of this plan.”