Shortland local centre upgrade plans out for feedback

21 Feb 2021

City of Newcastle is calling for community feedback on a proposal to improve safety for pedestrians and amenity of the local centre in Shortland.

Community consultation undertaken in April 2019 and June 2020 highlighted pedestrian safety at Sandgate Road as a high priority issue for residents and business owners in the local area.

In response to this feedback the City is placing the Draft Shortland Local Centre Public Domain and Traffic Plan on public exhibition, seeking feedback on proposed changes including implementation of a 40km/hr High Pedestrian Activity Area.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that safety for the community who shop and work in the Shortland Local Centre is a key priority.

“The plan on exhibition addresses community concerns and helps keep the community safe, as well as delivering improved public domain with upgraded footpaths and new street furniture,” Cr Nelmes said.

“We want to create an inviting space for locals to do their shopping and support local small business.”

Ward Four Councillor Jason Dunn said the proposed changes are a critical step in improving the area for the benefit of Shortland locals.

“Feedback on this next step is important, so we encourage the community to view the plan and share their views,” Councillor Dunn said.

Long-term Shortland resident Wendy Heys also encourages the Shortland community to have their say.

“I really welcome the upgrade to the shopping area making it safer for pedestrians, especially school children in the area.”

As well as a reduced speed limit, the plan includes construction of a pedestrian refuge and speed cushions to reduce driver speeds and create safer crossings for pedestrians.

The City has also engaged a mural artist to work with the community to determine a theme for a new mural installation at the pharmacy on Hansen Place. The mural will be delivered in conjunction with construction of the safety and public domain upgrades, currently scheduled for mid 2021.

Visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/yoursay to have your say on the proposed safety improvements. Consultation starts Monday February 22 and is open until March 21.