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and Darby, its farmer's markets and art
galleries, or the crowds at a Jets or Knights game.
Some of Newcastle's most successful alumni
have noticed the changes: Award-winning
actress Susie Porter says the new-look city
brings out the natural beauty that always was
Newcastle; football legend Paul Harragon has
commented that the Honeysuckle development
is outstanding and a great place to meet;
designer Angela Foong adds that students and
artists have realised they can get their work ''out
there'' from Newcastle; while former world surf
champion Mark Richards says people outside
Newcastle are discovering what the people
in Newcastle have known all along -- it's an
awesome place to live.
Much of the change has taken place around
the foreshore, where the Honeysuckle urban
renewal project has Novocastrians and visitors
working, living and playing alongside a working harbour that is the
biggest coal exporter in the world, and where a glance across the water
will bring into view the Destiny statue at the old State Dockyard. Inspired
by the figureheads on sailing ships, the statue symbolises the spirit of the
future, standing on a global sphere drawing strength from the earth.
The rejuvenation of the 50-hectare site with four kilometres of
harbour frontage has transformed the area from working wharves,
derelict sheds and a rambling road to a place of open squares and a
magnificent promenade that stretches from mangrove boardwalks to
Nobbys Lighthouse. People walk, rollerblade or cycle past parks, cafes and
restaurants, a growing marina, public art, the city's tree of knowledge, a
fisherman's co-op and top-class hotels all surrounding Australia's oldest
shipping port. Promenade walkers might even stumble across some of the
11,000 or so passengers and crew from cruise ships that now visit the city
each year, including Newcastle's own home-porter, Pacific Sun.
The latest figures on Honeysuckle are astounding: 12 hectares of quality
public open space by the harbour, $95 million in community projects, some
$620 million in private sector investment, $1.335 billion generated in the
regional economy, more than 5000 jobs created, some 2500 people working
in the area and 1920 residents calling it home.
On the Newcastle beachfront the new Royal Apartments is also
adding to the amenity of Newcastle, with 167 apartments and the Sebel
Newcastle Beach Hotel included in the $190 million stage one of the
Mirvac redevelopment of the old Royal Newcastle Hospital site.
Further afield -- with figures from the 2006 Census, the latest available --
the Newcastle suburbs with the highest growth rates are Fletcher, where
the population grew from 702 people in 2001 to 1934 in 2006, Maryville
and Wickham, which both grew with the development of Linwood.
Areas slowly but steadily growing due largely to repopulation include
Newcastle West, The Hill and Cooks Hill, Carrington and Islington and
Broadmeadow and Lambton. Wallsend has also had steady growth.
Areas expected to show growth in the next Census, in August this year,
include Beresfield, Adamstown, Broadmeadow, Mayfield, inner-suburbs
overall and Fletcher.
The state government's 25-year vision for Newcastle's CBD includes the
creation of 10,000 extra jobs and thousands of homes for the 6500 new
residents expected to move to the city.
After the mining town
in England that got its
name because it was
at the end of a Roman
Hannell, wife of
the first Mayor
After Lord Carrington,
Governor of NSW
in 1887 when the
area was made a
Because the area was
believed to be the northern
limit of the natural growth
of the waratah flower.
After Thomas Adams,
who surveyed the
township in 1869.
After a town on
the River Allyn in
Honeysuckle: The redevelopment of the
harbour foreshore has been one of the
greatest changes in the city in the last decade.
Photo Hunter Development Corporation
Jonah's On the Beach
Restaurant & Bar
Spot the giant humpback whales as
they migrate along the coast
Dine from our Whale-Spotters Menu
Call 4929 5181 to
make your reservation.
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