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All aboard for once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at The Station


A rare “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity is now available for the right group to transform’s Newcastle’s iconic The Station.

The former city railway terminal requires an experienced operator, who’s ready to manage the site long-term and maintain the integrity of the buildings without it falling into disrepair.

As such, the NSW Government has decided to invite expressions of interest (EOI) for someone to turn the CBD location into a “must-visit” destination again.

Newcastle’s iconic The Station.

“The historical significance of The Station makes it the perfect place for a community-centred project,” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said.

“Newcastle’s East End and waterfront is ripe with potential.

“So, we are looking for an operator who will reimagine the site to create a destination that draws both visitors and locals into the city centre while celebrating its unique heritage aspects.

“This lease is another example of the NSW Government working to secure public spaces that hold both historical and cultural significance for the communities that will use them in the future.”

The Station has long been enjoyed by Novocastrians, as well as travellers far and wide as they arrived via the railways on their regional travels to Newcastle from 1885 to 2014.

The building, which symbolises the expansion of rail into regional NSW, is also a major example of one type of Victorian Station architecture.

“People from the Hunter have been starting their journeys at The Station since 1885,” Minister for the Hunter Yasmin Catley said.

“It’s been at the heart of Newcastle since sail ships brought coal to the world, too.

“People gathered [here] and it was a gateway to opportunity.

“The city has since evolved and The Station has to be part of that moving forward.

“It’s historic but we can’t let it fade into the past.

“I’m excited the NSW Government is injecting life into The Station through tourism and hospitality.

“That way it will continue to be a ‘living place’ for the people of Newcastle.”

Expressions of Interest for the long-term operation of The Station will be accepted until 2 May.

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation chief executive Valentina Misevska agreed.

“We are seeking an outcome that embraces the heritage of the site providing a variety of offerings that people want to visit again and again,” she explained.

“The Station is much-loved by the community, and an outcome that provides the right social, economic and heritage outcomes will ensure it can continue to be enjoyed by locals and visitors for many decades to come.

“We’ve enabled temporary activation since 2018 to keep the site maintained and in-use while its future is being determined.

“However, now it’s time to find The Station’s long-term operator.”

Colliers International is marketing the lease and EOIs will be accepted until 2 May.

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