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There are various projects underway that will all go toward revitalising our City Centre. These are delivered in collaboration with the NSW Government and private sector. Major works include:

East End Public Domain Plan

The East End Public Domain Plan - Phases 1 and 2 are based on the East End Stage One 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.

Phase two designs are now complete and the next stage of works along Hunter Street, between Perkins and Scott Streets, is planned to begin in mid - 2023.

Harbour Foreshore Precinct

City of Newcastle, with consultant's T.C.L. Landscape Architects and local firm Bosque Landscape Architects prepared the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan (Masterplan). Community engagement occurred throughout 2020 and 2021 to inform concept developmen, which informed the Masterplan placed on public exhibition in 2022. The final Masterplan was adopted by the elected Council on 13 December 2022. The scope of the project was defined by the Foreshore Plan of Management (POM). View the POM on the Foreshore Precinct park webpage and further Masterplan information on the Harbour Foreshore Precinct project webpage.

Works include:

  • Improved cycle and pedestrian links from the Civic Precinct to Bathers Way.
  • Landscape upgrades along the foreshore.
  • Masterplanning to Foreshore Park including upgrades to the playground and event spaces.

West End Streetscape

The West End Stage Two Streetscape Plan was adopted in July 2019 (The Plan). The Plan provides a strategic guideline for the design and implementation of public domain works within Newcastle’s West End. View the Plan and associated information.

The Plan provides many improvements to the streetscape including:

  • Uniform footpaths improving accessibility and ease of walking.
  • Increased opportunities for pedestrians to cross Hunter Street.
  • Increased numbers of street trees.
  • Landscaped gardens, and the creation of alfresco dining areas.
  • Cycleways

City of Newcastle was successful in receiving Streets as Shared Spaces grant funding to implement trial cycleways along Hunter Street between Worth Place and National Park Street. These works were completed in September 2021. View information on the trial cycleway.

Planning to extend the trial to Wickham will continue throughout 2022.

Wickham Public Domain Plan

The Wickham Public Domain Plan (PDP) provides guidance for developers, City of Newcastle and other bodies carrying out public domain works in Wickham, delivering on the vision and objectives for Wickham established in the Wickham Masterplan 2021.

Development of the Wickham Public Domain Plan (PDP) began in 2022 and provides a framework for the delivery of high-quality streetscapes and public spaces in Wickham. The PDP aims to address long-term challenges in the precinct, including flooding and stormwater management, movement and accessibility, vegetation and canopy coverage, and traffic and parking to create a welcoming and positive environment for residents and visitors.

Key features of the Public Domain Plan include:

  • The upgrade of Union Street to be an attractive pathway to the heart of the precinct
  • Improved footpath conditions
  • Creation of new community spaces including a linear park along the Bullock Island Railway Corridor with active transport links
  • New laneways and connecting roads
  • New tree plantings and landscaping throughout the precinct

Have your say

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Wickham Public Domain Plan. We're currently reviewing all feedback received and will report back soon.