Now time for change

NEWCASTLE is at a critical point in its transformation, a fork in the road.

The people who want change so Newcastle can be a truly world-class city now need to be heard.

We must support the bold, yet achievable, Urban Renewal Strategy or allow a small but vocal pocket of opposition to try to hijack plans that promise investment, opportunity and prosperity.

It is gratifying the NSW government is now focused on Newcastle renewal.

For too long, Newcastle City Council didn't have its fair share of government spending.

Now, the council must do its part to take advantage of the attention and resources.

Now is the time for businesses, organisations and private citizens to create a groundswell for change in Newcastle.

The council needs the support of the "silent majority" for changes to Newcastle's urban planning guidelines that deal with two major developments: the University of Newcastle city campus; and the GPT Group and UrbanGrowth NSW in the East End, with increased height levels to start redevelopment while protecting significant city views.

I urge you to write a letter of support for these guideline changes to be approved to NSW Department of Planning, by email to urbanrenewal@planning. nsw.gov.au or by fax to 9228 6555.

Give a clear message of what we want to the NSW government.

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