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Adamstown ‘crying out’ for a facelift: Duncan

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While the Adamstown local centre works well in its current configuration, it’s an area “crying out” for a facelift.

That’s the opinion of Newcastle Labor Ward 2 councillor Carol Duncan ahead of next month’s council election on 4 December.

The group, if re-elected, is promising to upgrade the public amenity along the popular Brunker Road shopping strip, while delivering a detailed traffic and pedestrian safety plan to address increasing issues at Adamstown.

“The section between Glebe Road and Adamstown Plaza requires a comprehensive strategy to provide consistent foot-pathing, upgraded parking, updated street furniture and improved public greenery like trees or street gardens,” Ms Duncan said.

“This detailed design will be initiated by Labor.

“We’ll work with businesses and residents to develop an updated and consistent public domain proposal, and a program of works to improve the look and feel of the Brunker Road shopping precinct, while ensuring accessibility for our entire community.

“I’ve been told simple actions like providing consistent footpaths, updating street furniture and looking at opportunities to offer more trees and greenery would make the world of difference at the Adamstown shops.

“I’d also like to see a public art component to any upgrades along Brunker Road, particularly at our City of Newcastle Libraries Adamstown Branch and some of the surrounding shop-top building walls, which are perfect locations for new street art murals.

“I’ll be ensuring that City’s popular Local Centre Facade Improvement Scheme is enacted at Brunker Road.

“This would further assist businesses to join in on the urban renewal by partnering with council to update their shop fronts.

“Labor’s program is delivering incredible results, with completely renewed shopping town centres at Beresfield, Carrington, Kotara, Merewether and James Street Plaza in Hamilton.”

Cr Duncan said numerous concerns had been raised by residents surrounding traffic and pedestrian safety, too.

“Glebe Road is an identified renewal corridor that’s consistent with our long-held plans to increase urban density in highly-accessible and liveable locations to stimulate economic growth and create more local jobs,” she stated.

“But, with this density comes increased volumes of traffic and community fears about pedestrian and cyclist safety, and questions about how we can best mitigate any danger for local walkers and cyclists along the corridor.

“I’ve listened to them and will ensure that a comprehensive traffic and pedestrian safety study is delivered during the next term of council.

“The plan will have clear recommendations and actions for improvements.”

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