The plan will help drive long term, sustainable growth and development with a strong emphasis on liveability, local jobs within 30 minutes of home and ready access to open space and recreation areas.
The plan sets out strategies and actions that will drive sustainable growth across Cessnock City, Lake Macquarie City, Maitland City, Newcastle City and Port Stephens communities, which together make up Greater Newcastle. The NSW Government has committed $1 million in funding this financial year to support this continued growth and development.
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan was the first metropolitan plan prepared outside a capital city in Australia and was the key to unlocking the future of Greater Newcastle.
“The new Metropolitan Plan builds on our existing $650 million investment in the transformation of this great waterfront city to create more job opportunities, new housing and attractive public spaces connected to better transport,” Mr Roberts said.
“It puts the strategy firmly in place to attract more businesses and skilled workers, and to maximise the commercial business opportunities of the Port of Newcastle and Newcastle’s expanding airport, bringing greater exports and critical tourism capital”.