Roadworks to enhance safety and amenity around former Supercars circuit

11 Feb 2024

City of Newcastle will shortly commence work to reinstate permanent road infrastructure on the former Newcastle 500 track.

Planning for the first stage of work on the roundabouts at the intersection of Watt Street and Wharf Road, as well as the intersection of Zaara Street and Shortland Esplanade, is underway with onsite works scheduled to commence this financial year.

The removable infrastructure at these two key intersections will be replaced with permanent roundabouts.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the staged restoration works would enhance the safety and accessibility of Newcastle’s East End and along Foreshore Park.

“We are replacing the removable elements with permanent structures and completing road improvements that will further enhance the safety and amenity of the areas and improve accessibility for pedestrians,” Cr Clausen said.

“Re-installing permanent infrastructure demonstrates to the community that after four successful Newcastle 500 events, which delivered an estimated economic output for the city of $36 million per event, City of Newcastle has responded to community feedback and is committed to moving in a different direction going forward.

"The Newcastle 500 successfully achieved what it had intended to, in delivering unparalleled national and international exposure for our city and, as the city’s largest ever event, showcased Newcastle’s ability to host significant major events.

"It has since led to the city cementing its reputation as a premier tourism and major events destination, including by helping attract acts like Pink, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and festivals such as Groovin the Moo, and we look forward to continuing to secure new events as a key economic and tourism driver for the region."

The road and traffic restoration works will include the installation of permanent raised pedestrian crossings throughout the East End precinct, with updated signage and linemarking to improve safety, visibility, and enhance accessibility for pedestrians throughout the precinct.

The road infrastructure is owned by the City of Newcastle and therefore the first stage of work will be funded from Council’s 2024 capital works budget with the second stage to be included in the upcoming 2024/25 capital works program, which will be placed on public exhibition in April.

Work to remediate Camp Shortland will be undertaken separately given the ownership complexity of the area. Camp Shortland is owned by the NSW Government with no lease in place to City of Newcastle. Despite this, City of Newcastle is responsible for the remediation under a direction from Heritage NSW.

Concept plans for remediation of the site were sent to Heritage NSW last year. Feedback was recently provided and City of Newcastle will commence considering this once the prioritised stage one road infrastructure works are complete. City of Newcastle is committed to placing the Camp Shortland concept plan on public exhibition later this year.

City of Newcastle has identified 15 sections of the former race track that will be replaced with permanent road infrastructure.

The sites are:

  1. Watt Street & Wharf Road - roundabout
  2. Watt Street & Hunter Street – crossings
  3. Watt Street & King Street - crossing
  4. Watt Street, Shortland Esplanade, Church Street - intersection
  5. Shortland Esplanade – South Newcastle crossing
  6. Shortland Esplanade – Newcastle Beach crossings
  7. Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street - roundabout and crossing
  8. Scott Street & Zaara Street - crossing
  9. Scott Street & Parnell Place - intersection and refuge
  10. Parnell Place – crossing
  11. Nobbys Road – crossing and traffic calming
  12. Nobbys Road & Wharf Road - alignment and refuge
  13. Horseshoe Beach Road - crossing
  14. Wharf Road & Horseshoe Beach Road - intersection
  15. Wharf Road - crossing and car park