Newcastle's Civic Station: Refurbish or Demolish?

Council will make the call soon

8 May 2017

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PHOTO: Civic Station alongside the proposed refurbished Newcastle Station (Source: Revitalising Newcastle)

After months of community consultation the state government is no closer to deciding the future of Civic Station.

Revitalising Newcastle has released a report outlining future ideas for Newcastle and Civic Stations, following the latest round of community engagement.

It confirms Novacastrians are passionate about preserving the heritage of the former Newcastle Station, with an overwhelming demand for a public hub.

Suggestions range from a cinema under the stars, eateries, an outdoor piazza or an active art space. However, the core message rings clear: locals want a community space.

The solution to the question of Civic Station is murkier. Program Director Michael Cassel says after over 2,000 submissions, there's no clear front-runner.

"At Civic, we found the community had lots of different views on the removal or retention of the station buildings," he said. "But mostly people told us they wanted to see better public domain with a focus on nature, community, shade and amenity, technology and entertainment, and accessible areas, including for people with a disability."

Over the coming months the program will carry out maintenance works at Newcastle Station and lodge a development application for works leading to a temporary use.

Newcastle Council will work with the group to decide a course of action for Civic Station, with heritage experts and landscape architects to develop a public domain plan and development application.

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