PHOTO: (Left to Right) Executive Manager Project Management Office Robert Dudgeon; Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes; Daniel Pitcher, from Daracon; Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen; Project Manager Kate Summers; Senior Project Manager Michael Head.
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Next stage of Hunter Street Mall makeover begins

The Hunter Street Mall in Newcastle is set for a new makeover as the next stage of the beautification project gets underway.

Local contractor Daracon has been enlisted to carry out the works, which mark the most extensive revamp the area has seen in several decades.

This phase of the project will focus on the section of Hunter Street between Thorn and Wolfe Streets and Wolfe Street between King and Scott Streets.

The revitalization efforts are guided by the East End Stage One Streetscape Masterplan, developed through extensive community consultation.

Key improvements include the extension of the two-way cycleway on the northern side of Hunter Street, along with the installation of new paving, roadways, and footpaths.

These enhancements aim to create a more welcoming environment for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike, promoting safer and more efficient travel through the area.

“The next stages of the Hunter Street Mall revitalisation will deliver new multi-function street lighting, upgraded street furniture, and fresh landscaping will transform the look and feel of the area with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees to enhance the character and biodiversity of the street,” Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“The community’s vision is to reinstate Hunter Street as a traditional high street and as an attractive destination for locals and visitors to enjoy, with enhanced outdoor dining and unique local retail opportunities.

“Following this next stage, we will have invested more than $10 million into the Hunter Street Mall to deliver high quality, more accessible streetscape improvements for local businesses, pedestrians and cyclists, replicating what we have already delivered in front of the QT building between Perkins and Wolfe streets.

“Generations of Novocastrians have fond memories of the Mall and I’m proud that we are restoring this historic part of our inner city to a higher standard than many of us can remember.”

In addition to surface-level upgrades, the project will address vital infrastructure needs by upgrading the existing water main and stormwater systems.

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