There is an opportunity to redevelop an existing sports and entertainment precinct five kilometres from the Newcastle CBD.
The existing 63-hectare precinct contains a variety of sporting facilities and serves some commercial uses. The site was first established in 1970 and most of the facilities are now reaching the end of their usable life.
The layout of the precinct and connectivity between facilities is poor. There is also an opportunity to make better use of underutilised land.
The initiative supports NSW Government plans to regenerate Broadmeadow as a sport and entertainment precinct, to stimulate growth and change in surrounding centres and residential areas.
The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit found that in areas outside of fast-growing cities, green, blue and recreation infrastructure is often fragmented across multiple assets and expensive to maintain.
Potential options to address the initiative include:
- new sports infrastructure, such as fields and arenas
- multi-purpose venues for other entertainment
- green infrastructure for local amenity
- residential and mixed-use development
- accessibility improvements within the precinct.
Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).