From the Mayor’s desk – Nuatali Nelmes

Great news! Our City of Newcastle 2020/21 Budget has just passed at Council tonight.

Our Budget is a $275 million boost to City’s economy that will generate up to 700 local jobs and is the centrepiece of City of Newcastle’s response to the devastating impact of COVID-19.

Over the next 12 months the city will deliver a record local infrastructure works program, including:

✅ $22.9 million for upgrades to local roads and footpaths
✅ $17 million for waste management, including $9 million towards the construction of an organics facility to compost food and green waste
✅ $14.2 million for suburban and city centre renewal (including Hunter Street Mall works and Local Centre upgrades at Wallsend, Kotara, Merewether, Shortland, Stockton)
✅ $9.3 million for environmental sustainability projects, including $1.4 million for Ironbark Creek rehabilitation
✅ $8.2 million for new and improved parks, playgrounds, sporting and aquatic facilities
✅ $7.3 million on storm water upgrades to address localised flooding
✅ $5 million for new and improved cycleways
✅ $4.6 million for bridge reconstruction works, including Cowper Street and Nelson Street, Wallsend (part of a $20.8 million overall investment into flood mitigation in Wallsend Local Centre)
✅ $1.5 million to plant new street and park trees
✅$5 million to implement our Climate Action Plan$275-million-boost-to-City%E2%80%99s-economy-from-COVID-19