Revitalising Newcastle

Revitalising Newcastle is a NSW Government program focused on activating the city to attract people, jobs and tourism to Newcastle.

The government is investing more than $650 million in the program to transform the city centre by strengthening connections between the city and waterfront, creating job opportunities, providing new housing and delivering attractive public spaces connected to better transport.

The program follows government investment in the University of Newcastle’s city campus - NeW Space - and the Newcastle law courts, which opened in 2016. Both projects demonstrate the growing confidence in Newcastle as a city in which to invest.

What the program will deliver

The program will deliver:

  • Revitalised land to provide education and affordable housing opportunities, mixed use development, job opportunities, tourist attractions and public open space including the Market Street Lawn
  • Newcastle Interchange, a new multi-modal transport interchange at Wickham in the city’s west
  • Wire-free light rail between Newcastle Interchange and Pacific Park, just 200 metres from Newcastle Beach. Light rail will reinvigorate Hunter and Scott streets
  • Road and footpath upgrades in the city
  • A new integrated public transport provider, Newcastle Transport, that will overhaul the bus and ferry timetables and deliver better transport services and improved customer experiences.

$650 million plus investment in Revitalising Newcastle

In August 2017 the NSW Government flagged an additional $150 million in funding for the Revitalising Newcastle program, taking the total investment to more than $650 million, including:

  • $200 million for the Newcastle Interchange and associated works
  • $260 million for Newcastle Light Rail construction
  • $50 million for Newcastle Light Rail design improvements.

The additional $150 million includes:

  • $75 million plus any future land sales for new public spaces on the former heavy rail corridor
  • $35 million to deliver wire-free light rail, much-needed footpath upgrades at key locations on Hunter and Scott streets and street trees
  • $40 million to deliver road and intersection upgrades to support traffic flow and road safety as light rail is introduced.


Revitalising Newcastle animation

An artistic impression of the planning proposal lodged with Newcastle City Council, as interpreted from community consultation in 2015.


Revitalising Newcastle is a key NSW Government multi-agency initiative being coordinated by Hunter Development Corporation. We are working in partnership with key stakeholders including the community, local residents, industry and local business to shape the revitalisation of the city centre.