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Ideas sought for Georgetown local centre upgrade

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As the Newcastle suburb of Georgetown continues to grow, now is the chance to have your say on its future development.

Council has begun community consultation with residents and business owners to understand views on safety, parking and public spaces in the local centre area.

The planned enhancement follows similar upgrades at Carrington, Beresfield, Joslin Street in Kotara, Llewellyn Street in Merewether, James Street Plaza in Hamilton, as well as those currently underway in Stockton and Shortland.

Earlier this year, City of Newcastle resolved to initiate improvements to the Georgetown CBD.

And, following input from the community, a public domain plan will be developed in 2022 to guide the revitalisation of the area.

City of Newcastle acting director infrastructure and property Joanne Rigby said the upgrade aimed to create a more accessible, attractive and safe local centre moving forward.

“Our public domain plan will modernise the streetscape and access to shops, and will also improve traffic and safety,” she explained.

“Our upgrades often include new footpaths, trees and street furniture.

“So, we are looking forward to hearing feedback from the community about what locals would like to see.

“A major component of City of Newcastle’s local centre upgrades includes drainage improvements, too.

“We also look to partner with businesses to beautify the local shop fronts through the Façade Improvement Scheme.

“This project aims to attract more people to visit and spend time at the local centre and will benefit the growing number of young families living in the suburb.”

Once developed, a draft public domain plan will go on public exhibition.

It’ll be finalised based on community feedback and will go to the elected council for approval, ahead of construction in the coming years.

Have your say via the online survey at www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/yoursay before 13 December.

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