Delivering for our community

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and City of Newcastle Recreational Projects Officer Ben Barrett with students from St Peter's Primary School at the new playground at Rawson Park, Stockton.

Message from the Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes

No matter where you look across the city, you can see us working on projects making Newcastle a better place to live and work. 

So far this year such projects included the opening of three new playgrounds as part of our annual playground replacement program, and significant progress on the creation of a new inclusive playspace at Hamilton's Gregson Park. 

We're continuing to collaborate with our community to upgrade sporting infrastructure in line with our Strategic Sports Plan, ensuring our facilities are more accessible and inclusive while catering for the current and future needs of our sporting user groups. 

Our record capital works program has also seen a significant investment into resurfacing and rehabilitating roads across the city and especially in our growing western suburbs. 

We're proud of the continued growth of our infrastructure program, with our positive handling of the city's finances allowing us to balance essential maintenance with revitalisation projects to meet our community’s expectations. 

Nuatali Nelmes
Lord Mayor of Newcastle

New community space on way for Blackbutt Reserve 

City of Newcastle Assistant Project Manager Rachael Evans, Councillor Margaret Wood and City of Newcastle Blackbutt and Natural Areas Manager Andrew Staniland at Blackbutt Reserve with a render of the new multipurpose community facility.
Blackbutt Reserve will soon be home to a new cafe and environmental education space, with construction of the $3 million project expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

Featuring an accessible design catering for people with diverse mobility and other sensory needs, the multipurpose community facility will provide an enhanced experience for the more than 150,000 people who visit our 182-hectare nature reserve each year.   

The facility will replace the existing temporary kiosk and will include a cafe with an undercover dining and seating area, as well as a multipurpose space where community and school groups can gather, hold events or learn about the environment.

Record road investment heads west 

Families from across the region make the most of the facilities at the Wallsend Active Hub.

We're moving ahead with a program of road and footpath upgrades across Newcastle's bustling western suburbs. 

More than $6 million is forecast to be invested in works this financial year in suburbs including Wallsend, Maryland, Fletcher, Beresfield and Jesmond, which will repair and improve the surface of roadways, extend the life of the infrastructure and provide enhanced connections for pedestrians and cyclists. 

This complements large-scale infrastructure projects currently undergoing detailed design including dual-lane road upgrades at Longworth Avenue and Minmi Road, Wallsend, designed to reduce traffic congestion in the western corridor.

New playgrounds across city

Students from St Peter’s Primary School at the new Stockton playground.

We're giving the youngest members of our community more places to play across the city, with new playgrounds now open and construction of another major playspace underway. 

More than $4 million is being invested into the projects, with local playgrounds at Adamstown Park, Rawson Park in Stockton and Waratah’s Coolamin Road Reserve replaced and ready for use by the community as part of our annual playground renewal program. 

Islington Park playground has also been refreshed, with upgraded softfall and a new coat of paint, while work is progressing on a significant new inclusive playspace at Hamilton’s historic Gregson Park, which is expected to be complete by October. 

Grandstand upgrades delivered

Celebrating the opening of the new grandstand at Darling Street Oval.

We're kicking goals for players and spectators across a range of codes, with multimillion-dollar grandstand redevelopment projects now complete in Hamilton South and Wickham. 

Darling Street Oval is better equipped to cater for the growth of women's football following the construction of a new grandstand funded by City of Newcastle, Newcastle Olympic Football Club and the State and Federal Governments. 

The facility includes a new grandstand with gender inclusive changerooms, a training room, media room, new canteen, medical room and referee room. 

The tiered seating can accommodate 340 spectators, while the upgrade also delivered a lift and amenities for people with a disability on both levels, as well as accessible car parking and pathways. 

Passmore Oval's grandstand has also become more inclusive following a major redevelopment, which includes a new two-storey building constructed at the back of the existing grandstand. 

The project has provided female dressing rooms for both home and away teams, a community meeting room and accessible amenities and viewing options for both Passmore Oval and its adjacent Hawkins Oval.

The redeveloped grandstand at Passmore Oval.

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