Ideas Festival to shape future of Newcastle and Civic station precincts

15 November 2016

The Revitalising Newcastle team is inviting the community to participate in the 2016 Ideas Festival to help shape the future use and design of Newcastle and Civic station precincts.

Program Director Michael Cassel said the Ideas Festival, from 25-29 November, is a community engagement program that puts the people of Newcastle at the centre of the decision-making process.

“In 2015 we heard from more than 11,000 people from across the Newcastle and Hunter regions on how they would like to see the city centre transformed.

“The Ideas Festival is the next step, to keep the community at the heart of the process and further explore the potential future uses and design of these very important precincts,” Mr Cassel said.

Revitalising Newcastle is seeking to generate a wide range of ideas from the broader community that match the objectives of the urban transformation program. Ideas and opinions will be sought, collated, considered and prioritised to enable an expression of interest process for Newcastle Station.

The community’s input will also inform the public domain use of the Civic precinct.

“This is a multi-week ‘brainstorming session’ starting with the collection of ideas from the local community. We will then compare those ideas against the program objectives to create a shortlist.”

“We encourage everyone to come along to the drop-in sessions and tell us their ideas, or to get online and share their ideas through our discussion forum,” Mr Cassel said.

Revitalising Newcastle is the NSW Government’s program to transform Newcastle city centre, with an investment of $510 million to grow new jobs, create new public spaces and deliver better public transport opportunities.

The aim of the drop-in sessions is to help Novocastrians envisage how the spaces might look with different outcomes. To support this, guided walking tours will take place every half hour.

Those who cannot attend the sessions are encouraged to engage online and leave their ideas and opinions on the Revitalising Newcastle website.

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