NEW businesses are popping up all over the CBD with intimate small to medium bars and trendy coffee spots leading the way, giving Novocastrians of all ages more choice.
Hunter and King streets have a real buzz and people can walk from one venue to another.
The contribution being made by many council staff in these efforts often goes above and beyond duty, but yet goes unnoticed.
Council staff can certainly make an impact on many business owners with the advice and expertise they provide.
At the recent opening of Le Passe Temps French Lounge, owner Serge Laugier praised the assistance of council staff during the set-up and opening phase of his new business.
He said the assistance received from the staff, particularly from the environmental health team, was given with utmost respect; guidelines were clearly explained; and information was always readily given.
I think many people have the impression that dealing with councils is complicated.
Staff are there to assist the community in getting the most out of living and working in our city whether they are building new playgrounds, patrolling beaches or guiding business owners about setting up a new venture.
To find out more about the services and assistance council can provide, grab a copy of the A to Z of council services at your local library or download the guide from council's website, newcastle.nsw.gov.au.