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East End Village

Works on the first phase of the City's revitalisation of the East End are well underway, with works expected to wrap up by the end of April 2022.

Valued at $5 million, phase one of the East End Village project focuses on the block bound by Hunter Street, Wolfe Street, King Street and Perkins Street. Works will include new paving, landscaping and public amenity improvements in and around Hunter Street Mall.

Additional upgrades include:

  • stormwater improvements
  • reinstating a kerbed road on Hunter Street
  • paths for pedestrians and cyclists
  • public Wi-Fi
  • smart lighting
  • electric vehicle charging points

The majority of works along Hunter Street (below) and Wolfe Street are now finished, and the focus has turned to finalising works on Perkins Street. Like Hunter and Wolfe streets, Perkins Street is undergoing a full streetscape upgrade including new pavement, footpath, cycleways, kerb and gutter, and drainage improvements.

March 2022

The vision is for the East End Village to reinstate Hunter Street as a traditional high street and an attractive destination for locals and visitors, with outdoor dining and boutique retail opportunities. It also complements Iris Capital’s current redevelopment of the David Jones building and other nearby projects.

Future phases of the project could include upgrades on Thorn Street, Laing Street, Keightly Street and Market Street, as well as more changes along Hunter Street. We are also investigating a Melbourne laneway-style development closing Keightley Street to through traffic. Plans for the development of the Harbour to Cathedral View Corridor linking the Christ Church Cathedral to Newcastle Harbour, may also inform future works.

View the locality map for East End Stages 2, 5 and 9.

The East End Village project is based on the East End Streetscape Plan.


Looking east along Hunter Street, from the Perkins Street intersection.

Looking south along Hunter Street from the Wolfe Street intersection.

Looking west along Hunter Street from the Wolfe Street intersection.

View the City Centre Project Updates for more information and visit our Works Page to stay up to date with construction progress.