As Australia’s seventh largest city, Greater Newcastle faces a new future with investment in aviation, transport, education, health and tourism. This first-ever draft Metropolitan Plan for Greater Newcastle aims to capitalise on this investment through a collaborative approach. The draft Plan sets out strategies and actions that will drive sustainable growth across Cessnock City, Lake Macquarie City, Maitland City, Newcastle City and Port Stephens communities.
Greater Newcastle is a truly remarkable city – it proved itself to be resilient and innovative in the face of natural disaster and the downturn of heavy industry in the 90s. And now it’s surging ahead as the standout powerhouse economy in regional Australia. Blessed with a glorious natural setting, it’s also a highly desirable place to live.
With increasing investment in infrastructure, tourism, health, science, education and creative sectors, Greater Newcastle is poised to take its place as a dynamic metropolitan city of global significance.
This is a pivotal point in the history of Greater Newcastle – of course it will continue to grow, attract new entrepreneurial businesses and more tourists, but to meet its full potential, the city needs a long-term strategic plan. I’m proud to launch the first-ever draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036. We want your feedback on this draft Plan and its planned approach for development in Greater Newcastle. I encourage all people who live and love the area to have their say on the future of their city.
With smart and deliberate planning, we’ll preserve Greater Newcastle’s unique heritage, at the same time carefully coordinate new land use and infrastructure across the city. We’ll work to create new jobs and industries in catalyst areas like Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle Port and Williamtown. Importantly, as this change occurs, the city’s beautiful natural environment will be enhanced, with a Blue and Green Grid criss-crossing the city. Protecting vegetation and planting more trees will preserve what’s loved most about Greater Newcastle. Strong design principles will also make sure we have great buildings and public spaces creating great places for people to live, play and work. Improvements to transport and infrastructure will lead to easier and more efficient connectivity in Greater Newcastle. There will be more options to travel from where people live to work, to local services and to where they shop, meet friends and exercise.