Bigger than the Olympics
In October 2001
Newcastle will become the first city outside a capital city to host
the Australian Masters Games. This will be the eighth time this
popular biennial event has been staged.
Turning challenges into opportunities
1997, when BHP announced it would be stopping all steel production at
its Newcastle plant the natural initial reaction was 'gloom and
doom'. However, according to Lord Mayor John Tate, the contrary has
happened with a host of new opportunities presenting themselves, not
the least being tourism and environmental advancements.
Emphasising the 'new' in Newcastle
According to General Manager, Janet Dore, Newcastle is definitely
experiencing a renaissance. The emphasis is very much on the 'new' in
Newcastle - new opportunities, new ideas, new confidence and, most of
all, a new era of cooperation.
Top value organisation
The high level of
professional excellence among Council staff is reflected in a number
of innovative projects.
Cooperation the key to growth and
Speaking at the 'Newcastle Goes National Day'
in Canberra last October, the Lord Mayor was one of several Hunter
region ambassadors talking to Federal Government representatives
about the challenges and opportunities facing this area. He pointed
out that with over half a million people, in population terms, the
Hunter is Australia's largest region.
A change of course for Steel River
A 100 hectare redevelopment of surplus industrial land, known as
Steel River, is a prime example of the new direction Newcastle is
taking in the wake of industrial restructuring.
McGreen and clean in Newcastle
environment is benefiting from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
between McDonald's Australia and Newcastle City Council, a first for
Reclaiming early history
Emerging from its historical identity as a centre of Australian heavy
industry, Newcastle is aiming to preserve that history. It has also
looked further back to its period as a convict settlement.
Harbourside development set to take
Fifty hectares of surplus State Government land,
adjacent to the city centre and running along Newcastle's picturesque
Harbour, is ripe for development. Angus Dawson, General Manager of
the State Government's Honeysuckle Development Corporation, believes
that in the next five to ten years this project has the potential to
generate 5,000 jobs and inject $900 million into the local
Celluloid substitutes for steel
Attune to the changing structure of industry in Australia, Newcastle
has seized on the growing demand for Australian film and television
Council's green techniques save money and
In August 1999, Newcastle launched the
first Australian Municipal Energy Improvement Facility(AMEIF), green
energy learning centre run by Local Government. The centre is the
culmination of Newcastle's Green Energy Project, which commenced in
Promoting the environment message to
While Council is ensuring green initiatives are
a cornerstone of its own activities and a requirement for new
developments, it is also seeking to bring the community on board.
City looking to enhance its tourism potential, having top quality
eateries is a priority. Newcastle FoodSafeTM provides a hygiene
training course to ensure food handlers are aware of ways to minimise
the chances of food contamination.