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Our Projects

Each year Newcastle Now collaborates on a wide array of projects across the city centre which encompass activities such as business improvement, placemaking, sponsorship support and community events. Some are unique to individual precincts while others are citywide projects. Here is a selection of our more recent work.

Newcastle City Bridal & Formal Guide

Newcastle Now in collaboration with over 95 business located in the city centre has published a new Bridal and Formal Guide illustrating where to find everything bridal or formal from A, accommodation...

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West End Heritage Bins

The West End Advisory Group has cleverly cleaned up the appearance of the bins along Hunter Street by decorating them with a series of then and now style photographs. The popularity of the...

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Hunter & Gather Markets

Hunt & Gather Markets is a fashion, art and design market held on the third Saturday of every month, from 9am-2pm, at Pacific Park, Newcastle East.   At Hunt & Gather, you will find a uni...

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Meet the Pillar People

A lot of the work undertaken by Newcastle Now falls into the category of placemaking, that is a project that adds a little oomph, pizazz or mojo to a city space to help make it more than just a city s...

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Free WiFi in Newcastle

Free WiFi access is sometimes one of those tipping points when it comes to choosing where you'll grab lunch or a coffee or schedule a business meeting. Now, Newcastle has a massive 30 free WiFi hotspo...

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Darby Street Community Garden

At the corner of Bull Street and Darby Street there was a neglected little corner where a bus stop stands which the Darby Street Advisory Group identified as a prime spot for a placemaking effort....

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Hit The Bricks

In November 2013 the Look Hear Art & Design Festival brought Hit The Bricks to Newcastle. Over three days, the festival transformed the city by inviting some of the most accomplished and rever...

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The Headphone Project

In 2013 an event known as Urban Surge inspired the creation of a giant headphone sculpture big enough to house speakers through which instruments and music could be amplified. These giant headphon...

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Christmas Giving Tree

For Christmas 2015, Newcastle Now placed four Christmas Giving Trees across Newcastle city centre where people could donate a gift for a less fortunate person to open on Christmas morning. The tre...

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Moveable Furniture

The space around the boardwalk at Honeysuckle sees a wide variety of visitors, from mums and dads pushing prams, children on scooters and bikes, joggers, picnickers, residents and traders...

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Honeysuckle Community Garden

The Honeysuckle Reference Group, made up of local business owners and residents, wanted to transform several existing planter boxes that had become untidy and neglected. With the construction of n...

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Darby Lane

The laneway between Goldberg’s and The Depot has been transformed into a vibrant and appealing space for locals and visitors to Darby Street, with new lighting, seating and wall art.  The ...

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Wickham Station Parklet

Taking pity on commuters who often resorted to sitting in the gutter to wait for their lift, a group of community members, with the help of Newcastle Now BIA, have transformed a previously empty s...

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Candlenut Corner

If you go to the corner of King and Morgan Streets you will find a quaint parklet known as Candlenut Corner. This parklet was once over grown with weeds, contained a couple of park benches marked ...

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Civic Rose Garden

Did you know that the quaint little rose garden that stands on Hunter Street adjacent to Civic Train Station is planted with the official City of Newcastle Rose that was developed in 1997 for Newc...

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East End On Foot Map

Do you know that the best way to discover Newcastle’s East End is on foot? By walking between attractions you can discover interesting places such as the site of Australia’s first railway, Margare...

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Nobbys Cottage Restoration

Newcastle Now partnered with the NSW State Government to restore the three historical cottages at Nobbys Lighthouse which were built in 1942 to house lighthouse employees and their families. This ...

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Workskil - Refresh Team

Newcastle Now in collaboration with Workskil Australia has established a supervised workforce known as the Refresh Team who is capable of delivering a clean and maintained city streetscape that me...

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Newcastle Street Food Festival

Held on Sunday 25 October 2015, Newcastle Street Food festival was a long table degustation lunch with the aim to raise money for the Soul Café. This celebration of food, wine, music and culture b...

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Boardwalk Beer Festival

The Boardwalk Beer Festival is a celebration of the cloudy liquid - craft beer and cider. This annual ticketed event features more than 20 boutique Australian breweries and complimentary food from...

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Newcastle Writers Festival

“I want to create an eclectic, welcoming festival that celebrates words and ideas, as well as the depth of local writing talent.” – Rosemarie Milsom, Director of Newcastle Writers Festival. Ros...

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