Joslin Street, Kotara

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This project is part of a strategy to improve local centres throughout the Newcastle Local Government Area. Our upgrade at Joslin Street has improved pedestrian safety and driver visibility, improved drainage to better manage stormwater, and delivered a new public open space complete with landscaping and seating.

Construction began in July 2020, and was finished in March 2021.

A placemaking exercise is planned with Kotara South Public School to gather themes and ideas for the decoration of an interactive artwork for the public open space – bringing a climbable caterpillar sculpture to life with colour and character created by local school children.

Project background

We ran a survey in December 2017 to gain community feedback about issues in the area and priorities for improvements. You told us your top three priorities for Joslin Street Kotara were:

  1. Pedestrian safety, access and connectivity.
  2. Traffic safety.
  3. Aesthetics.

We listened to this feedback and developed the draft Joslin Street Kotara Local Centre Public Domain and Traffic Plan which was publicly exhibited in May 2019. Changes were made to take into account community submissions regarding trees and parking.

The elected Council approved the Joslin Street Kotara Local Centre Public Domain and Traffic Plan (PDF 360kB) on 22 October 2019. The focus of the plan was to improve safety and connectivity for all by integrating the movements of pedestrians, cyclists, buses and cars.

As part of the renewal we extended and upgraded the green triangle public open space on the corner of Joslin Street and Rae Crescent by removing the existing slip road. We consulted with the community in April 2020 and asked for comments on two options for the space. We received over 180 survey responses, with over 60% in support of our “playful sandstone stack” option which included stepping logs for children to play on, daybeds, and stacked sandstone blocks for sitting and playing. The space also includes picnic tables and a bubbler with a dog drinking bowl.

View the final design (PDF).