Orchardtown Road, New Lambton

What is the scope of the project?

We aim to resolve streetscape, access and traffic issues and inform infrastructure renewal in Blackbutt Village Orchardtown Road, New Lambton Neighbourhood Centre.

What is the process and where are we up to?

Blackbutt Village Orchardtown Road, New Lambton has been prioritised for improvements. A draft public domain plan addressing road and footpath layout, lighting and landscaping has been developed to resolve issues and guide renewal works.

City of Newcastle ran an online survey in December 2017 to gain feedback from the community about issues related to the public domain and priorities for improvements. In June 2019 we undertook place experience (PX) surveys with 50 community members to gather further community input. You can view the results in the PX2 Assessment.
The information provided by the community was used with data gathered from a site analysis to inform the draft Blackbutt Village, Orchardtown Road Public Domain and Traffic Plan which was on public exhibition for community comment from 2 March 2020 until 23 April 2020. A community workshop scheduled for 28 March 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and instead a visioning survey was undertaken online with community members who had signed up for the workshop.

The exhibition results have been analysed and are available in the following reports:

We are now finalising the public domain plan in line with community submissions. The next steps are adoption of the final public domain plan by the elected Council, with construction programmed for the 2021/22 financial year. There will be further engagement with targeted stakeholders through a Placemaking process and the community will be notified before construction commences. The   Public Domain Planning Process Flow Chart (pdf) outlines the process in more detail.

Neighbourhood centre area

The area being investigated by Council can be seen in the  Orchardtown Road scope (pdf).