Call for Newcastle CBD revitalisation ideas

IDEAS WELCOME: Heritage-listed Newcastle railway station.
IDEAS WELCOME: Heritage-listed Newcastle railway station.

THE future of the heritage-listed Newcastle station, the location of the light rail stops and availability of new green spaces will be open for debate when the latest round of the CBD revitalisation consultation starts later this month.

UrbanGrowth NSW has announced a two-pronged consultation approach with the community, with a summit planned for Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27.

An arm of the state government, UrbanGrowth NSW, held community consultation on the light rail route in February and March.

It announced in May that the preferred option was a hybrid of routes, running through Hunter Street and the existing corridor.

For the first day of the summit, the state government will use a Willy Wonka-style approach and randomly select 100 community members from the Newcastle area to participate after they complete a telephone survey.

The second day is flagged for representatives from local community groups.

Newcastle urban renewal and and transport program leader Tim Poole said UrbanGrowth wanted to hear about the community's ideas for the city centre, the rail corridor, and the heritage station buildings.

Mr Poole said they also wanted to hear about other initiatives that might improve the functionality and liveability of the city.

He said that those who did not attend the summit could post their ideas online.

■ Community groups wanting to attend the second day of the summit can email by Wednesday, July 23.