Works are being finalised on the $5 million first stage of City of Newcastle’s East End Village project, with new paving, service upgrades and street furniture for Hunter Street Mall.

The first stage has also seen increased ground cover and trees on Hunter Street, at the block bound by Wolfe and Perkins Street, and includes significant upgrades to stormwater and drainage, cycleways and footpaths.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, said that stage one is a step towards positioning the precinct as a traditional high street and attractive shopping destination for locals and visitors.

“We have invested five million dollars into the first stage of public domain works in our cultural heritage precinct at the east end,” Mayor Nelmes said.

“It’s wonderful to see our long term vision for the former Hunter Street Mall take shape. 

“Delivering these outcomes for our community have taken significant collaboration, public and private sector investment. It’s wonderful to see our plans become a reality.

“Delivering Stage 1 has been a significant undertaking and the complete renewal of the streetscape brings a level of excitement and anticipation for the future, because the public now has a very clear understanding of what an upgraded precinct will look like for Newcastle.

“I’d also like to thank businesses and local residents for their patience during the construction period. We look forward to continuing to work together as we deliver a much improved and revitalised Hunter Street Mall area.”

Chair of the City/Darby Street Business Improvement Association, Mike Chapman, said the group was happy to see the initial section of works be delivered in this unique part of Newcastle.

“These works bring a level of excitement for the future,” Mr Chapman said.

“It will be a great opportunity to showcase our unique businesses and traders and show off what great local products we offer in the East End.”

The second phase of construction, which will target Hunter Street between Perkins and Brown Street, is scheduled to commence late 2022.

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