Up to 700 local jobs are expected to be created as part of the City of Newcastle’s record $166 million capital works program.
The program, a centrepiece of council’s response to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is also expected to boost the Newcastle economy’s output by $275 million.
“When it comes to major economic downturns through incidents such as COVID-19, governments at all levels have a responsibility to accelerate investment to both keep people employed and uplift economic activity,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
“City of Newcastle’s $116 million capital works program for the next 12 months is projected to create up to 700 local jobs and increase total economic output in our local government area by up to $275 million.”
The program, which will be rolled out over the next 12 months, will deliver wide-reaching infrastructure works including:
- $22.9 million for upgrades to local roads and footpaths
- $17 million for waste management, including $9 million towards the construction of an organics facility to compost food and green waste
- $14.2 million for suburban and city centre renewal (including Hunter Street Mall works and Local Centre upgrades at Wallsend, Kotara, Merewether, Shortland, Stockton);
- $9.3 million for environmental sustainability projects, including $1.4 million for Ironbark Creek rehabilitation
- $8.2 million for new and improved parks, playgrounds, sporting and aquatic facilities
- $7.3 million on storm water upgrades to address localised flooding
- $5 million for new and improved cycleways
- $4.6 million for bridge reconstruction works, including Cowper Street and Nelson Street, Wallsend (part of a $20.8 million overall investment into flood mitigation in Wallsend Town Centre)
- $1.5 million to plant new street and park trees
- $5 million to implement our Climate Action Plan
“The elected Council recognises the critical need for the City of Newcastle to lead from local government by helping to kick start our local economy back into gear”, Cr Nelmes said.