Visit the interactive map to learn about the vision for Wallsend.
Earlier in 2021, we asked for your feedback on plans for a $1.5 million active hub in Wallsend. Overall, the feedback received was positive, with the community welcoming the exciting addition to Wallsend.
Work on Wallsend Active Hub will commence in August 2021. It features an expanded playspace, pump track for bikes, scooters and skateboards, multi-sport courts, rebound wall, climbing wall and fitness stations as shown in the original concept design. Additional shade shelters have been included in the final design in response to community feedback.
The construction of Wallsend Active Hub is supported by a $500,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions fund. Find out more about the project by clicking here.
To make Wallsend's town centre an even better place to work, shop, study and socialise City of Newcastle (CN) want to make sure everyone has a say in how the local town centre is revitalised. We've created this engagement hub to make it easy for you to get involved.
Improving the local centre forms part of a multi-million-dollar program of work currently underway in Wallsend. This work builds upon the Wallsend Local Centre Public Domain and Traffic Plan that was approved in 2018.
Placemaking projects for Wallsend town centre could include the following ideas:
Placemaking aims to promote happiness, health and wellbeing for the whole community by recognising that people’s behaviour and wellbeing are shaped by their environment.
To create places that are special, unique and meet the community’s needs Placemaking empowers the community to be part of the design process. In addition to making places the community loves, the Placemaking journey builds strong community relationships that are just as important as the place itself.
In May 2015 Newcastle’s elected Council resolved to develop a Town Centre Master Plan for Wallsend. This became part of the Local Centres Public Domain Renewal Program, which commenced in 2016.
Community consultation was undertaken in November 2016 to inform the Wallsend PDP. The draft plan was exhibited to the public from 3 – 31 May 2017.
Issues were raised regarding proposed changes to Cowper Street and the location of the bus stop on Bunn Street. As a result, further traffic plans for Bunn Street and Cowper Street were exhibited from 12 March – 11 April 2018.
The Cowper Street and Bunn Street traffic plans were incorporated into the Final Wallsend Public Domain Plan (pdf), which was adopted by the elected Council in May 2018.
The PDP provides a blue print for revitalising Wallsend town centre, the proposed improvements include:
A flood mitigation project with measures to reduce the frequency and severity of flooding in Wallsend has been developed alongside the Wallsend Public Domain Plan. We have combined the public domain renewal project with the flood mitigation project, to form one long term vision.
The combined PDP and flood mitigation projects are staged for delivery over the coming years subject to funding approval. Overall project status is as follows:
We are coming back to the community to share information on the approved PDP and to engage further on values, safety, design themes and order of priority for future staging of revitalisation works. We will be designing public spaces through a community lead Placemaking approach and will be asking for the community’s thoughts on public spaces throughout Wallsend town centre.
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