What we are doing Newcastle and Civic station precincts
Civic station precincts
In November and December 2016 we asked you for your thoughts on the future of the Newcastle and Civic station precincts, through the Ideas Festival engagement program.
We received more than 2,000 ideas for the precincts, with people of all ages engaging through school excursions, drop-in sessions, workshops and online discussion.
The findings from the Ideas Festival have been outlined in the outcomes report. This report will be used to guide the next steps for these two key precincts, which include standard approval processes through Newcastle City Council (NCC).
The Ideas Festival engagement program was part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to listen to local voices in delivering a vibrant city for generations to come.
Newcastle Station precinct
The Ideas Festival showed that Novocastrians are passionate about the heritage of the former Newcastle Station, and want to see the building restored and repurposed to provide attractions and services for locals and visitors.
The community supported eateries, an outdoor piazza, an active art space and cinema under the stars as ideas for Newcastle Station precinct. These ideas will be incorporated into an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the future use/s and design of the area.
The EOI process will allow us to identify the best opportunity to deliver a restored station with a use/s that incorporates the community’s ideas while providing an economically and socially sustainable attraction for the city. This EOI process is likely to commence in 2018.
In the meantime, we hope to see the Station building used temporarily, so over coming months there will be maintenance works at Newcastle Station as we prepare to lodge a development application (DA) for works leading to short-term use.
Civic Station precinct
At Civic Station precinct, there were mixed views on the removal or retention of the station buildings. There was strong support for improved public domain that could be used for entertainment or performances and as a gathering area. People also supported improved amenity such as shade, tables and chairs and disability accessible spaces for all to enjoy and participate in.
The next steps for this precinct will include working with NCC, heritage experts and landscape architects to develop a public domain plan and DA submission.
The community will be able to provide feedback through NCC’s public exhibition of the DA.