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Friday, April 23, 2021

Project to transform Stockton’s main street

A $3.3 million facelift is underway to transform Stockton’s Mitchell Street into a space that includes new footpaths, landscaping, street furniture, increased shade and improved safety.

The project is a part of City of Newcastle’s Local Centre program and will provide a range of benefits for the community and its visitors. 

“I’m pleased to see our teams commence work on this important upgrade which will create a safer, and more vibrant public space for the Stockton community to enjoy for generations to come,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“The feedback from the community highlighted the need for improved spaces to shop, dine, and meet with friends.

“The Mitchell Street upgrade will include significant drainage improvements, new footpaths and street furniture, landscaping, raingardens, 40 new street trees and a reduction in speed limit to 40 km/hr to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

“In a nod to Stockton’s character and heritage, sandstone from existing kerbs will be retained and reused to frame garden beds and raingardens at three key intersections along Mitchell Street.”

City of Newcastle is delivering the upgrade as part of its record capital works program designed to support the local economy in response to COVID-19. 

It is one of 26 projects valued at more than $17 million delivered in Stockton over the past five years, including coastal protection works and the much-loved Stockton Active Hub.

The Local Centres program is also delivering other upgrades to suburban centres across the local government area including those at Llewellyn Street, Merewether and Joslin Street, Kotara. 

This adds to earlier upgrades completed at Carrington and Beresfield and upgrades due for delivery later this year at Shortland and at James Street Plaza, Hamilton.

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