The long-term vision for the East End Village is to reinstate Hunter Street as a traditional high street and an attractive destination for locals and visitors, with outdoor dining and boutique retail opportunities.
The East End Public Domain Plan - Phases 1 and 2 are based on the East End Streetscape Plan, adopted in 2018 covering Hunter Street Mall and adjoining streets, with an additional upgrade for streets around the Mall approved by the elected Council in May 2020.
CURRENT - Phase 2
Work will now progress on Phase 2, with construction expected to start in June 2023. Valued at approximately $1.9 million, this second phase will focus on a section of Hunter Street bound by Perkins and Browns Streets, as a key pedestrian and cyclist entry point to the East End Village
The streetscape will be improved with new trees and landscaping, and we will realign the road from Brown Street, including relocating and upgrading underground services.
Artist impressions Phase 2
Phase 2: Looking west along Hunter Street, from the Perkins Street intersection.
Phase 2: Looking east along Hunter Street, from the Brown Street intersection.
COMPLETE - Phase 1
Phase one of the East End Village revitalisation project was completed in 2022. We invested $5 million in this first stage, which targeted the block bound by Hunter Street, Wolfe Street, King Street and Perkins Street. The upgrade delivered new paving, landscaping and public amenity improvements in and around Hunter Street Mall.
Intersection of Wolfe Street and Hunter Street.
Future Phases – IN DESIGN
Remaining phases will follow, with planning and design for some already underway. These include upgrades on Laing Street, Market Street and potential for Melbourne lane-way 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.
View the City Centre Project Updates for more information and visit our Works Page to stay up to date with construction progress.