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Newcastle Light Rail animation
Excited to see what Newcastle will look like when light rail construction is complete?
Our new 3D animation provides a sneak peek of a vibrant Newcastle city centre with widened footpaths, more open public spaces, and Australia’s first wire-free light rail.
This is my Newcastle - Dave Robertson from Newy Parkrun
As founder of Newy Parkrun, it's no surprise that Dave Robertson likes to keep fit and active around Newcastle. Join him for a run as he shows off the places he loves in a city which is on the move.
This is my Newcastle - Gemma and Karla from Hunt and Gather Events
Gemma and Karla from Hunt&Gather Events know Newcastle. Join them as they show off some of their favourite places in a city centre that is still open for business.
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Building an even better Newcastle
In early 2019 you'll be able to enjoy the city centre more than ever
Revitalising Newcastle animation 2017
An artistic impression of the planning proposal lodged with Newcastle City Council, as interpreted from community consultation in 2015.
A revitalised Newcastle is taking shape - April 2017 update
A revitalised Newcastle is taking shape, and the changes will transform the way we live, work and play in this vibrant city of ours!
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Heritage find - early nineteenth century drain
A well preserved early-nineteenth century drain has been uncovered during light rail work in Scott Street.
Constructed of local timber and stone, the drain most likely carried waste water from the town into Newcastle Harbour. A clue to the drain’s age is the fact that it sits in natural sand rather than imported fill.
The drain has been archaeologically surveyed and will be preserved under the light rail track.
Heritage find - Market St boat harbour
The Newcastle Light Rail construction team has uncovered the sandstone remains of the Market Street boat harbour. Built in the 1850s, the boat harbour replaced an earlier one near Watt Street.
Fish from boats that moored at finger wharves in the harbour were sold at the adjoining fish market. The Market Street boat harbour operated until the 1890s when it was replaced with another boat harbour at Perkins Street.
Some of the sandstone blocks have been removed to make way for utilities, and will be assessed for possible incorporation into the Newcastle Light Rail project.
Heritage Find - 1841 A.A. Company bridge
The Newcastle Light Rail team have discovered some of the earliest evidence of Newcastle’s industrial infrastructure.
A large timber footing of the 1841 A.A. Company bridge was recently uncovered during work near the future Crown Street light rail stop. The bridge was used to transport coal from a mine on the hill overlooking Newcastle down to the harbour.
The 4.5 metre long slotted beam supported the bridge’s timber piers, some of which were also found in the area. The 1840s bridge was replaced in the 1860s with a brick and iron version.
Heritage find - 19th Century Stone dish drain
The light rail construction team has uncovered a nineteenth century stone dish drain about 1.5 metres beneath Scott Street. Shallow concave-shaped drains such as this were a feature of many of the city’s early streets.
The drain was constructed with basalt stone, which was used extensively around Sydney in the 1870s. The material is believed to have been sourced from an early quarry at Prospect.
The drain has been archaeologically recorded and several sections will be left in situ beneath the light rail.
Light rail track delivery
Newcastle Light Rail reached a key milestone when more than 12 kilometres of light rail track arrived at the Port of Newcastle in December 2017.
Many thanks to the hard working crew at the port, who were on hand to safely unload a mix of straight and curved rail weighing a total of 646 tonnes.
Heritage find - Steam engine water cistern
Heritage consultants are investigating a circular brick structure uncovered during light rail construction in Zone 6. It is thought the structure may have been part of a cistern or water tank used to refill steam trains. Two other similar structures found nearby have been archaeologically recorded and reburied.
We had a chat with Heritage Consultant Tim Adams in November 2017 about the significance of the area in the development of the city’s harbour and coal industry.
Heritage find - Burwood rail line
We are pleased to announce the former Burwood rail line and tram track intersection has been recovered and will be considered for use in a possible heritage interpretation project. The line was removed as part of light rail construction on Hunter Street in October 2017.
We caught up with Heritage Consultant Tim Adams to talk about the track’s history and potential future use.
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In December 2017 we hosted a range of free Christmas events in Newcastle city centre including a giant Christmas tree in Wheeler Place, Wheeler Place Wonderland, Aussie beach-style Santa photos in Hunter Street Mall, an a-maze-ing Christmas Tree maze on Newcastle Museum Lawn, and Christmas story time and Santa treasure hunts at the museum.