Newcastle council given authority to approve development on rail corridor

16/03/2019 Posted by admin

VISITORS: Transport Minister and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian with NSW Premier Mike Baird in Newcastle.NEWCASTLE council will become the consent authority for developers who want to build on the rail corridor, NSW Premier Mike Baird has revealed.
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Mr Baird was in Newcastle on Thursday, with Transport Minister and Minister for the Hunter, Gladys Berejiklian.

Mr Baird said the revitalisation of the former rail corridor would be central to the revitalisation of the CBD.

“Given the importance of this once-in-a-generation revitalisation process, we believe it is critical that Newcastle council plays a key role in the planning decisions for the city’s future,” he said.

“We have always said we would involve the community in any decisions regarding the future of the rail corridor in Newcastle and we are now delivering on that commitment.”

Ms Berejiklian announced five new pedestrian-friendly crossings over the rail line will open in early 2015 at Steel Street, Kuwumi Place, Worth Place, Perkins Street and Wolfe Street.

Stewart Avenue and Merewether Street level crossings will be permanently open.

Ms Berejiklian said more crossings would be announced next year, including new vehicle crossings, with new bus timetables to replace heavy rail released sometime next week.

Newcastle state MP and Newcastle councillor Tim Crakanthorp said allocating approval to the council was “simply smoke and mirrors”, as the council could only only determine smaller developments with capital investment less than $20 million and $5 million if it was development of the crown.

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