The Station piazza works

New kids corner - nearing completion!

A new play space on the Piazza

HCCDC has created an imaginative play space at The Station that's all about engaging with nature on a large and fun scale in the newly created Piazza area.

A huge snake and frog, sensory flowers, balancing obstacles, scooter track, handball courts and hopscotch are features of the new space - designed to complement the other interactive elements already on site including the misting jets and the 'Flyer' train.

Works are expected nearing completion, with finishing touches expected to be complete by early October 2021.

Landscaped piazza - now open

A vibrant new space

The space between Market Street Lawn and the former Newcastle Station bus depot has been transformed into exciting new public domain with sculpted garden beds, shady trees, seating, new paving and picnic space. The result is an attractive and inviting continuous link between two of Newcastle’s premier public spaces.

The new piazza replacing the former bus depot, creates a versatile community space that connects The Station with the waterfront. Interpretive art features tell the stories of the site’s Aboriginal and European history.

Video: The Station landscaping - June 2020

Video: Creating the planter boxes at The Station

Where the land meets the sea

A key feature of the new piazza is an Aboriginal interpretive artwork that also serves as a unique meeting place. We worked with the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council to create designs that reflect Newcastle's First People and their relationship with the land and the harbour.

Concrete seating is arranged in a boomerang configuration, while stenciled concrete represents tide lines and the importance of Newcastle harbour as a food source. Fish, crustaceans and land animals are represented, and an illuminated 'fire pit' that glow red after dark.

Working with local stakeholders is vital to creating vibrant public spaces that still retain heritage and share the stories of the land's original inhabitants.

Mentally healthy

While the construction industry has played a vital part of the nation's economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important that ever to ensure that workers have access to appropriate mental wellbeing resources and an appropriate work-life balance is achieved.

Daracon has also taken steps in the last 12 months to reduce mental health risks in the workplace. This includes mental wellness training for workers and management, a leadership program that focuses on worker mental health, a dietary awareness program and recruitment practices that create a cycle of healthy work and life.


Workers at The Station
  • Night works notification October 2020 - view PDF
  • Construction update September-October 2020 - view PDF
  • Construction update July-August 2020 - view PDF
  • Construction update May-June 2020 - view PDF
  • Construction notification March 2020 - view PDF
  • Click here for an overview of the key works in progress