Newcastle Bus Interchange Review of Environmental Factors determined

9 November 2017

The Newcastle Bus Interchange is one step closer to becoming a reality after the project received planning approval to proceed.

The Newcastle Bus Interchange Review of Environmental Factors (REF) was determined by Transport for NSW following a four week public display period between June and August 2017.

The feedback has led to a suite of measures aimed at commemorating and conserving the history of the former Newcastle Cooperative Store.

This includes the establishment of a Heritage Reference Group and the preparation of a Heritage Interpretation Strategy, including an oral history.

The Heritage Interpretation Strategy would be in place prior to the demolition of heritage structures.

These measures have been designed to ensure the history of the former Newcastle Cooperative Store is appropriately recognised in any future development of the site.

“We know this site is important to the social and cultural history of Newcastle and we plan to make sure its legacy is recognised in any future development on the site,” Revitalising Newcastle program director Michael Cassel said.

“We’ve taken community feedback on board to make sure the future bus interchange recognises Newcastle’s history, and is ready for its future.”

The Newcastle Bus Interchange is part of more than $650 million being invested through the Revitalising Newcastle program.

The project conditions of approval also require the preparation of an archival recording and heritage reuse strategy prior to demolition at the site.

These measures, in addition to the Heritage Interpretation Strategy and Reference Group, will serve to enhance the opportunities for stakeholder engagement in the conservation and commemoration of heritage at the site.

Construction of the bus interchange is planned to commence in mid to late 2018. 

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