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East End Village

The long-term revitalisation of the Hunter Street Mall is a significant step closer, with work being finalised on the first phase of the East End Village project.

Valued at $5 million, phase one of the East End Village project targeted the block bound by Hunter Street, Wolfe Street, King Street and Perkins Street. Works included new paving, landscaping and public amenity improvements in and around Hunter Street Mall.

Intersection of Wolfe Street and Hunter StreetImage: Intersection of Wolfe Street and Hunter Street.

Additional upgrades included:

  • stormwater improvements
  • reinstating a kerbed road on Hunter Street
  • paths for pedestrians and cyclists
  • public Wi-Fi
  • smart lighting
  • electric vehicle charging points

The vision is for the East End Village to reinstate Hunter Street as a traditional high street and an attractive destination for locals and visitors, with outdoor dining and boutique retail opportunities. It should also complement the array of other development taking place in the city's East.

Hunter Street, near the intersection of Perkins StreetImage: Hunter Street, near the intersection of Perkins Street.

Construction works on phase two (renders below) are expected to commence by the end of the year and plans for phase 3 are in the process of being finalised.

Other future phases of the project could include upgrades on Laing Street, Keightley Street and Market Street, as well as more changes along Hunter Street. We are also investigating a Melbourne laneway-style development closing Keightley Street to through traffic. Plans for the development of the Harbour to Cathedral View Corridor linking the Christ Church Cathedral to Newcastle Harbour, may also inform future works.

The East End Village project is based on the East End Streetscape Plan.

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Phase 2: Looking west along Hunter Street, from the Perkins Street intersection

Phase 2: Looking west along Hunter Street, from the Perkins Street intersection.

Phase 2: Looking east along Hunter Street, from the Brown Street intersection.

View the City Centre Project Updates for more information and visit our Works Page to stay up to date with construction progress.