What's happening in Shortland?
We are improving safety, as well as the look and feel of the area to make it a better place to visit and shop for the Shortland community.
When is this happening?
It is anticipated that footpath upgrades will commence later this year and the community will be updated before the start of construction.
At the elected Council’s meeting of 27 November 2018 Councillors resolved to have a public domain plan prepared for Shortland Local Centre under the Local Centres Public Domain Infrastructure Renewal Program.
Improvements will include aspects of the public domain such as traffic and pedestrian safety, footpaths, lighting, trees and street furniture.
In April 2019 City of Newcastle officers met with the owners of businesses in Shortland to discuss their issues. We also reached out to the broader community for input to a community survey which was open from 15 June - 29 June 2020. To find out more about this consultation, visit our Have Your Say page.
The results of the community survey showed that traffic safety and crossing Sandgate Road safely is a major issue. In response to the community’s concerns we developed a Draft Shortland Public Domain and Traffic Plan which includes a 40km/hr High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA) on Sandgate Road between the 7-Eleven service station and the Hunter Valley Private Hospital.
The Draft Shortland Public Domain and Traffic Plan was on public exhibition from 22 February to 21 March 2021. We reviewed community submissions and the results have informed the finalisation of the PDP.
In response to community feedback the proposed pedestrian refuge has been moved south from outside the 7/11 to outside 281 Sandgate Road, and the proposed kerb extension outside 309 Sandgate Road has been removed.
The final Public Domain Plan and a proposed Light Traffic Thoroughfare (LTT) were supported in principle by the Newcastle City Traffic Committee (NCTC) on 19 April 2021, and endorsed by the elected Council on 25 May 2021.
For an understanding of the overall project process view the Shortland Local Centre Public Domain Planning Process Flow Chart (pdf).
31 May 2021 - Safety upgrades on the way for Shortland local centre
21 Feb 2021 - Shortland local centre upgrade plans out for feedback