Revitalising Newcastle

Revitalising Newcastle is a NSW Government program focused on activating the city to attract people, jobs and tourism. The Government is investing more than $650 million to transform the city centre by strengthening connections between the city and waterfront, creating job opportunities, providing new housing and delivering attractive public spaces connected to better transport.


The program's six key objectives are to:

  1. bring people back to the city centre
  2. connect the city to its waterfront
  3. help grow new jobs in the city centre
  4. create great places linked to new transport
  5. create economically sustainable public domain and community assets
  6. preserve and enhance heritage and culture.

    Market Street Lawn at Night

    Market Street Lawn

    Market Street Lawn is a new community space at the intersection of Market and Scott streets in Newcastle.

    It has been made possible by removing the overhead pedestrian bridges and heavy rail infrastructure, and repurposing the land, in line with what the community told us they wanted to see.

    Market Street Lawn is currently under construction and is due for completion in late 2018. When it is open, it will have attractive public space with seating, shade, engaging water feature, open green areas and amenity to support all sorts of activation.

    The Station

    The former Newcastle Railway Station is an important state heritage listed building, and a significant component of the Revitalising Newcastle program. Following extensive community engagement, HCCDC undertook significant repairs, restoration and platform infil works to provide a new lease of life to the east end precinct.

    A spectacular launch event in 2018 marked the commencement of Renew Newcastle's temporary activation of The Station - and the multipurpose space is now home to a range of events as well as hospitality, education, retail, art and innovation platforms.

    Museum Place

    The former Civic Station precinct will be transformed into a vibrant public space in 2019. The precinct upgrades include renovations to the existing station building, greater pedestrian access between the city and the waterfront, as well as the creation of paved and green spaces in the surrounding parks.

    Museum Place (as it is now named), will become a new pedestrian hub for people to access local businesses, the University of Newcastle, Honeysuckle and Newcastle Museum - all a few metres from the Civic light rail stop.

    The Signal Box

    Located in the heart of Market Street Lawn, the Signal Box is an important piece of Newcastle's heritage fabric.

    In its previous life dating back to 1936, the heritage listed building played a key role in directing trains in and out of the former Newcastle Railway Station. Now, following a competitive EOI process and heritage restoration works, the building will be transformed by the team at The Little Nel, Nelson Bay into a vibrant new dining destination.

    The revitalised Signal Box will open in mid-2019.

    Newcastle Light Rail

    Newcastle Light Rail is a key part of the Revitalising Newcastle program delivered by Transport for NSW.

    It will provide a frequent and reliable travel option into the city centre, connecting key activity precincts, reinvigorating Hunter and Scott streets, and creating great urban renewal opportunities.

    Newcastle Interchange Sign

    Newcastle is changing. The Revitalising Newcastle program is delivering public spaces, light rail and a new public transport interchange that will change the way we work, live and play. Find out more.