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Novocastrians support restoration and reuse of former Newcastle Station and improved public domain at Civic Station

9 May 2017

The Revitalising Newcastle team today released the findings of the latest round of community engagement on the preferred future uses of Newcastle and Civic stations and surrounding precincts.

The report highlights that Novocastrians are passionate about the heritage of the former Newcastle Station, and want to see the building restored and repurposed to provide attractions and services for locals and tourists.

The report also details that the community said it supports new and improved community space at Civic Station precinct that can be used for live entertainment, performances and recreation, however there were mixed views on the removal or retention of the station buildings.

Program Director Michael Cassel said the Ideas Festival, undertaken in November and December 2016, was an important opportunity for the community to continue to help shape the city’s revitalisation. “The Ideas Festival attracted people of all ages who gave us great insight into what Novocastrians want to see at these two key precincts,” Mr Cassel said.

“People told us they want the future of Newcastle Station to incorporate eateries, an outdoor piazza, active art space and cinema under the stars.

“At Civic, we found the community had lots of different views on the removal or retention of the station buildings, but most people told us they wanted to see better public domain with a focus on nature, community, shade and amenity, technology and entertainment, and accessible areas, including for people with a disability.”

More than 2,000 ideas were received for the precincts, with people engaging through school excursions, drop in sessions, workshops and online discussion. The report describes the next steps for the precincts, which include standard approval processes through Newcastle City Council (NCC).

“Over coming months, we will undertake some maintenance works at Newcastle Station and lodge a development application (DA) for works leading to temporary use,” Mr Cassel said.

“We hope to see the building used temporarily until a permanent use or uses are identified through an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process in 2018.”

At Civic, the next steps will include working with NCC, heritage experts and landscape architects to develop a public domain plan and DA submission. The community will be able to provide further feedback through the public exhibition of the DA.

“We are working in parallel with the planning proposal process so we can deliver new and exciting public space for everyone to enjoy as soon as possible,” Mr Cassel said.

“This engagement has been part of our ongoing commitment to listen to local voices as we deliver a vibrant city for generations to come.”

The report is available online at revitalisingnewcastle.nsw.gov.au 

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