East End revitalisation taking shape

City of Newcastle

The long-term revitalisation of the Hunter Street Mall is a significant step closer, with work being finalised on the first stage of the East End Village project.

The $5 million first stage has seen new paving, service upgrades, street furniture, and increased ground cover and trees on Hunter Street, at the block bound by Wolfe and Perkins Street, and includes significant upgrades to stormwater and drainage, cycleways and footpaths.

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Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that stage one is a step towards positioning the precinct as a traditional high street and attractive shopping destination for locals and visitors.

“We have invested five million dollars into the first stage of public domain works in our cultural heritage precinct at the east end.

“It’s wonderful to see our long term vision for the former Hunter Street Mall take shape. Delivering these outcomes for our community have taken significant collaboration, public and private sector investment. It’s wonderful to see our plans become a reality,” Councillor Nelmes said.

“Delivering Stage 1 has been a significant undertaking and the complete renewal of the streetscape brings a level of excitement and anticipation for the future because the public now has a very clear understanding of what an upgraded precinct will look like for Newcastle.

“I’d also like to thank businesses and local residents for their patience during the construction period. We look forward to continuing to work together as we deliver a much improved and revitalised Hunter Street Mall area.”

“To celebrate the new and improved space, our community is invited to attend the ‘East End Party’ on Hunter Street from 2-6pm tomorrow, Saturday 7 May. I encourage everyone to come out, support local business and see what’s been delivered in this unique part of our city.”

The East End Party, which is being run as part of the Autumn Alive program, will showcase the nearby businesses, and provide people an opportunity to explore the upgraded block and recently completed piazza. The event will put a spotlight on local products and will also include live music, roving entertainment, food stalls and interactive spaces. City of Newcastle will also be on hand to share photos, maps and architectural renders for anyone interested in finding out more about the East End Village.

Chair of the City/Darby Street Business Improvement Association Mike Chapman said the group was happy to see the initial section of works be delivered in this unique part of Newcastle.

“These works bring a level of excitement for the future, and we would like to invite anyone interested to come along for the community event on Saturday. It will be a great opportunity to showcase our unique businesses and traders and show off what great local products we offer in the East End.”

The second phase of construction, which will target Hunter Street between Perkins and Brown Street, is scheduled to commence late 2022.

The East End Village is being delivered under the City Centre Revitalisation Program, one of Newcastle’s four Priority Projects. Visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/eastend

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