People want to see something iconic in Honeysuckle, report says


Something truly special – that’s what the community wants to see in the future transformation of the final three hectares of land in Honeysuckle.

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) released the Honeysuckle Ideas Community Engagement Outcomes Report today, which shows how residents’ feedback has created bold and ambitious project objectives.

Undertaken from September to November 2020, the engagement focused on the future use and function of the land with an emphasis on social, economic and environmental outcomes.

HCCDC chief operating officer Valentina Misevska says she is excited by the community’s high aspirations for the precinct.

“What we heard is that people truly want something special,” she said.

“The engagement program was about understanding what the community wanted to see transpire in Honeysuckle, and to use the themes that emerged to create project objectives for the future transformation of the precinct.

“People told us they want to see something iconic, where design and excellence mark Honeysuckle and the emerging CBD as a landmark gateway that connects the renowned Hunter region to the global market.

“This really aligns with what we want to achieve – to create great places where people choose to visit, play and work in an ever vibrant and dynamic destination.”

The engagement program involved two phases: the first to gather community ideas against the three pillars – social, economic and environmental; and the second, to discuss the themes that emerged through the ideas to then create new project objectives.

“Creating a magnetic mixed-use destination; creating a great place that is connected; respecting and acknowledging heritage and culture; being people focused and accessible; and demonstrating excellence in design and sustainability are the basis of our five objectives,” Ms Misevska said.

The report further outlines the engagement process and explains how the diverse feedback received was translated from specific ideas and feedback into themes before becoming project objectives.

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