Get involved Community engagement
The Revitalising Newcastle team is continuing to involve you in city-shaping decisions that will provide a strong foundation for Newcastle’s sustainable urban transformation. Our community engagement is based on four key principles, developed in collaboration with Newcastle City Council for the 2015 community engagement program:
The community at the heart of decision-making
The input and insight already generated by thousands of community members has helped shape ideas for the city centre.
The NSW Government is committed to continuing engagement with the community throughout the life of the Revitalising Newcastle program.
The Ideas Festival was held in November 2016 and built on the 2015 engagement program. The Festival stimulated ideas that support viable and sustainable outcomes for the potential future uses of the Newcastle and Civic stations and surrounding precincts.
More than 600 people attended the drop-in sessions, generating over 1,500 ideas for Newcastle Station alone. View the videos below for a taste of what was suggested.
The main themes included active recreation, art, markets, tourism, culture and history. These ideas were refined through community and stakeholder workshops and those with the most potential and community support were identified.
During August and September 2015 more than 11,000 people shared their ideas about the transformation of the city centre in the largest and deepest community engagement program ever seen in the Newcastle and Hunter region.
The findings showed that Newcastle people are proud of their city and want to see it reinvigorated. They strongly supported the program objectives including bringing people back to the city, growing new jobs and connecting the city to its waterfront.
The feedback gathered in 2015 directly informed the planning proposal lodged with NCC in July 2016, which suggested new open space and improved public domain with more pedestrian and vehicle connections, increased links between the city and the waterfront, the revitalisation of Hunter Street and a commitment to respecting Newcastle’s heritage and character.
The first phase of engagement with the community on the urban transformation of Newcastle city centre, Design Newcastle was held in June and July 2014.
We sought to understand your aspirations for the revitalisation of the city and more than 950 stakeholders participated, including individuals, community groups, local council and representatives of NSW Government agencies. From this, we developed a vision and objectives for Revitalising Newcastle.