Plan for new Honeysuckle public domain
A blueprint for Honeysuckle’s future public domain is today being released by the Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) as the next stage towards transforming Newcastle’s iconic waterfront precinct.
The Honeysuckle Foreshore Public Domain Plan is a comprehensive proposal across four key areas in the western end of Honeysuckle.
HCCDC Chief Executive Michael Cassel said the plans highlight a bright future for the expanding precinct.
“The transformation of Honeysuckle is an enormous success story for Newcastle and these plans are part of the next stage, which will see HCCDC invest more than $55million into infrastructure and public domain works over coming years.
“These include seawall works to underpin the future public domain, the delivery of superior landscaping, and the realignment of Honeysuckle Drive to help mitigate any future flooding issues in the precinct.”
HCCDC will work to transform Worth Place Park West, Cottage Creek, Tree of Knowledge Park and the Waterfront Promenade.
“Through this plan, we will be linking one side of the city to another, with attractive and wide promenades stretching from the Marina, through Honeysuckle and along Bathers Way to Merewether Beach,” said Mr Cassel.
“Newcastle is a truly attractive destination and into the future we will have superior walkways that will rival other popular coastal walks.”
The Honeysuckle Foreshore Public Domain Plan incorporates community engagement undertaken by HCCDC last year, which showcased support for accessible, diverse spaces designed for people of all ages.
“People also told us they wanted to see attractive green spaces that would allow for picnics right on the waterfront – we have incorporated that into our designs and the key areas all have something different to offer,” said Mr Cassel.
“Our intention is to plant over 150 trees across the two hectares, and we will be doubling the size of Tree of Knowledge Park as well as greatly improving and enhancing natural assets like the Cottage Creek precinct.
“This plan is also about making overall improvements, and at this point in time, represents exciting outcomes that we are confident will set Honeysuckle up to thrive for future generations.”
Over coming months, HCCDC will prepare detailed designs and seek City of Newcastle approvals to deliver the new public domain.
“Importantly, we will also get on with our program of seawall works and road upgrades, which are both important pre-works for the future public domain,” said Mr Cassel.
“Today’s announcement is an important first step, and we hope people share our excitement for the next stage of Honeysuckle.”
Honeysuckle Foreshore Public Domain