City of Newcastle (CN) has started engaging with the community and key stakeholders on the future of the Harbour Foreshore, including Foreshore Park and Joy Cummings promenade. A comprehensive community engagement program has been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with consultants Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) and inclusive playspace partner Variety the Children’s Charity (VCC).
Together, we’ll engage the community on thoughts and visions for the future of the harbour foreshore and use this to inform a detailed masterplan for the site. The masterplan will guide the redevelopment of the foreshore into a public asset the whole community can be proud of.
As part of our community engagement program, CN is creating a Community Reference Group (CRG) that represents both key stakeholders and user groups of the Harbour Foreshore, along with community members of a range of ages, abilities and walks of life.
More information on this, including the membership breakdown, meeting schedules, member duties and responsibilities is available in the CRG Terms of Reference .
The purpose of the CRG is to is to enable two-way communication and engagement between CN and representatives of the Newcastle community as we develop the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan.
The CRG will comprise of a mix of stakeholder/user group representation and broader community representatives selected via an Expression of Interest (EOI) process. As the Harbour Foreshore is an asset enjoyed by the community of Greater Newcastle, the membership of the CRG will reflect the diversity of our community.
The overall number of members will be limited to an amount that ensures the CRG remains workable and effective. Should CN receive nominations in excess of the number required, a process will be carried out to assess applications using a selection criteria assessment matrix.
Selection criteria include:
- Ability to attend Harbour Foreshore CRG meetings.
- Range of suburbs to ensure representation from all wards
- Range of ages to ensure representation from each age group (above 18yrs of age)
- People who identify as having a disability
- Represent diverse areas and interests such as, but not limited to: environment and sustainability, urban planning, business and industry, neighbourhood or community groups, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, cultural communities.
- Demonstrate ties to their community.
- Demonstrate commitment to working collaboratively with others. Ability to attend meetings remotely if required due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Applications are now closed.
Applications are being reviewed by a CN panel. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome.