Your Newcastle

Your Newcastle, direct to your ears

Newcastle personalities share their stories and experts discuss major projects and events in a podcast dedicated exclusively to Newcastle.

Hosted by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, the first season of Your Newcastle features Merewether top seed surfer Jackson Baker, professional skateboarder and Olympic Games hopeful Poppy Starr Olsen, MasterChef Australia contestant turned Cakeboi owner Reece Hignell, and Citizen of the Year 2021 Associate Professor Dr Kelvin Kong.

The podcast is a way to not only entertain and inform audiences, but to broaden City of Newcastle’s reach and encourage the community to have their say on what matters to them.

We’ll have some fun along the way, with a few unexpected stories, fun facts and lots of laughs thrown in. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you might just discover something new about Your Newcastle.

The podcast launch follows the success of the Newcastle Libraries Real podcast, which boasts subscribers in more than 25 countries. Its Newcastle’s First Storytellers series features an episode with Indigenous storyteller and member of the Stolen Generation, Dr Donna Meehan, who returns to Your Newcastle Season One, which has been downloaded almost 1,000 times and won Podcast of the Year at the Newcastle Podcast Festival Awards.

Streaming every Thursday, Your Newcastle unpacks projects such as South Newcastle Beach Bathers Way as well as City of Newcastle strategies and plans including the Community Strategic Plan, Destination Marketing Plan and the Blackbutt Reserve Plan of Management.

How to subscribe

Your Newcastle podcast is available now.

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Episode 8 - Newcastle Goes Crazy for Cakeboi

There’s a new bakery on the block! MasterChef Australia Season 10 and Season 12 contestant Reece Hignell is the “bakerpreneur” behind Cakeboi in Hamilton, already a firm fan favourite with locals and visitors as far flung as Sydney and Melbourne. In this episode, we take five with Reece about his inspiration for the business – his nan; the ingredients of success, and what it’s like to be part of the Hamilton business community... with a few funny stories thrown in!

Episode 7 - How COVID-19 Has Changed Travel

COVID-19 has changed the way we travel. With many of us choosing to ‘Holiday Here This Year’, tourism operators have pivoted to deal with the impacts of the pandemic and entice locals and visitors to explore their own backyards. Ben Ogden, owner of Newy Rides, and City of Newcastle’s Destination Marketing Officer, Anita Monticone, explore this changing landscape and what draws visitors back to Newcastle again and again.

Episode 6 - The Power of Country: Dr Kelvin Kong and Dr Donna Meehan

Australia’s first recognised Indigenous surgeon, Professor Kelvin Kong, was crowned City of Newcastle’s 2021 Citizen of the Year in January. Joined by local storyteller and member of the Stolen Generation, Dr Donna Meehan, we take a deep dive on the importance of giving First Nations people a voice in our community and addressing the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Prof Kong joins us remotely from Darwin, where he is undertaking outreach work with vulnerable communities, to talk about the powerful experience of being on Country.

Episode 5 - South Newcastle Beach, the Starr of the Show

City of Newcastle is constructing a new skatepark and bowl at South Newcastle Beach, part of the City’s multimillion-dollar improvements to Bathers Way. Professional skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen weighs in on the project’s significance to local skaters, the design of which she helped shape through the Community Reference Group. City of Newcastle’s Coastal Revitalisation Program Manager Matt Blandford provides an update on the broader project, which commenced in August 2020 and includes the construction of the Bathers Way shared path from Shortland Esplanade to King Edward Park, improved access to South Newcastle Beach, parking, landscaping, lighting and accessibility improvements as well as new fitness equipment and a café/kiosk.

Episode 4 - Shaping Newcastle's Future

City of Newcastle’s Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is our map to a brighter future for all of us. The CSP reflects what we value and drives the delivery of projects over the next 10 years to make Newcastle a place we love to live. It supports unity and opportunities for all in creating an inclusive community. In this episode, we take five with Gamilaroi and Weilwun woman, Cherie Johnson, owner of Speaking in Colour, about what excites her about Newcastle’s future, joined by City of Newcastle’s Director Strategy & Engagement, Brett Smith.

Episode 3 - Searching for Grant Funding Just Got Easier

Grant funding is critical to the operation of many local businesses, community groups, sporting clubs and not-for-profits. But what if there was an easier way to search and apply for funding opportunities? Well, now there is. In this episode we break down Newcastle Grant Finder, an initiative brought to you by City of Newcastle's Economic Development team and powered by GrantGuru. Maryland Fletcher Football Club Vice President and chief grant applicant, Tom Marshall, offers his insights and how Newcastle Grant Finder simplifies the process.

Episode 2 - 10,000 Reasons to Move to Newcastle

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, City of Newcastle launched an economic development initiative called New Move to jump-start local economic recovery. With $10,000 relocation grants up for grabs for innovative entrepreneurs, Virtual Intern Director Tricia Martin and Yarno Managing Director Lachy Gray share their experiences and insights on starting and operating a business in Newcastle and the benefits.

Episode 1 - Riding the wave: Newcastle is an events city

The World Surf League’s Rip Curl Newcastle Cup might be over, but the City is still riding a wave of positive momentum, attracting an increasing number of major events including the City’s inaugural New Annual arts and cultural festival in February, which drew over 30,000 revellers. In this episode, we chat with Surfest organiser Warren Smith and all-star Novocastrian surfer Jackson Baker about the electric atmosphere that swept the City during the WSL.