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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Blueprint for Honeysuckle precinct

Honeysuckle’s transformation has been hailed as an “enormous success story for Newcastle” amid the release of a blueprint for the iconic waterfront precinct’s public domain.

The state government-backed Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) released its Honeysuckle Foreshore Public Domain Plan, which covered four key areas in the precinct’s western end, last Friday.

The plans are part of the next stage of the project, with HCCDC set to invest more than $55 million into infrastructure and public domain works over the coming years.

HCCDC chief executive, Michael Cassel, said it would transform Worth Place Park West, Cottage Creek, Tree of Knowledge Park and the Waterfront Promenade.

“Through this plan, we will be linking one side of the city to another, with attractive and wide promenades stretching from the Marina, through Honeysuckle and along Bathers Way to Merewether Beach,” he said.

Community engagement, undertaken by HCCDC last year, showcased support for accessible, diverse spaces designed for people of all ages.

Mr Cassel said feedback also requested attractive green spaces that would allow for picnics right on the waterfront.

“Our intention is to plant over 150 trees across the two hectares, and we will be doubling the size of Tree of Knowledge Park, as well as greatly improving and enhancing natural assets like the Cottage Creek precinct,” he said.
“This plan is about making overall improvements and, at this point in time, represents exciting outcomes that we are confident will set Honeysuckle up to thrive for future generations.”

HCCDC will prepare detailed designs and seek approval from Newcastle council to deliver the new public domain.

Meanwhile, the latest residential development in Honeysuckle was announced on the same day by the HCCDC after an expressions of interest (EOI) process for ‘Lee 5’ at Honeysuckle Drive.

The architecturally-designed ‘Horizon’ development is a 105-apartment residential and retail proposal by Newcastle-based Miller Property Corporation.

The EOI process took into consideration the waterfront promenade, view corridors, and connections from the city through to the harbour.

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