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Broadmeadow’s future mapped out for next three decades

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What will Broadmeadow look like over the next three decades?

The NSW Government has a bold vision for the Newcastle suburb.

And, now, locals are being asked for their input as well.

The draft Broadmeadow Place Strategy, outlining how housing, employment opportunities and public spaces are developed over the coming 30 years, will go to a vote of councillors at the next City of Newcastle (CN) meeting.

If approved, it’ll then proceed to public exhibition.

Beflord Street in Broadmeadow.

Council’s draft Broadmeadow Place Strategy envisages the revitalisation of a 313-hectare precinct, three kilometres west of Newcastle’s CBD, with up to 20,000 new homes and 15,000 jobs while retaining Broadmeadow as the region’s premier sport and entertainment destination.  

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the future looked bright for the locale.

“Broadmeadow offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver vital affordable housing, jobs and infrastructure to support our housing strategy, as well as access to quality public open spaces and improved leisure facilities right in the heart of Newcastle,” she explained.

Minister for the Hunter Yasmin Catley echoed those sentiments.

“Broadmeadow has unparalleled potential to deliver tens of thousands of new homes and jobs for the Hunter,” she said.

“The place strategy proposes a liveable and growing community, which will stimulate development, encourage population growth and provide new investment opportunities.” 

Styx Creek.

To support the supply of new housing, the NSW Government will shortly release rezoning plans for consultation that proposes the development of homes on identified government-owned land as part of the first stage.

Together, it and CN are preparing for major urban renewal given Broadmeadow’s central location, public transport, government-owned land and large industrial sites.

The plans will outline how government-owned land can be utilised so that more housing, including affordable and diverse housing, is available for the people of the region.

“Broadmeadow is well-known as a leisure destination,” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said.

“This project builds on significant sport, entertainment and recreation opportunities that will attract major events to Newcastle with high-quality public transport so the people who live and visit can move around safely and easily.

“But, NSW is also in the midst of a housing crisis and the draft Broadmeadow Place Strategy provides us with a great opportunity to plan for more homes.

“This collaborative approach to create a vision for the precinct from different levels of government is about securing more housing and a better future for Newcastle.

“We have been working with council on these complementary plans and I encourage the community to provide feedback when they go on exhibition.”

The NSW Government’s rezoning plan will go on display for the community to have its say in coming weeks, too.

For further details about the draft Broadmeadow Place Strategy, visit https://haveyoursay.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/broadmeadow-place-strategy

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