Joslin Street Local Centre’s multi-million-dollar upgrade to include expanded public open space.

Kotara’s Joslin Street is the latest local centre to be made over with a $2 million upgrade.

A key element of this upgrade is expanding the public open space on the corner of Joslin Street and Rae Crescent by removing the slip road and beautifying the area with landscaping and an interactive artwork sculpture,” said Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

Stacked sandstone blocks, a picnic table and bench seating, as well as a bubbler with a dog drinking bowl will further add to the amenity of this currently underutilised and inaccessible space.

A pedestrian refuge and speed humps will be installed to slow vehicle movements and better connect the shopping precinct and the new-look public open space, while lighting upgrades will provide a safer night-time environment.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen, Project Manager Patrick Burgess and Councillor Peta Winney-Baartz at the Joslin Street Local Centre.

Joslin Street is one of eight suburban commercial precincts in the 2020/21 financial year sharing $8 million. Others are:

      • Wallsend ($2 million) – New traffic lights at the intersection of Cowper and Kokera Street, including stormwater upgrades and completion of a missing section of shared pedestrian and cycle path at a minimum width of 2.5m as part of an important regional east-west cycle route.
        • Llewellyn Street, Merewether ($2.2 million) – Renewal of footpaths and drainage to make the shopping, dining and health care hub safer and more user friendly. The work includes the introduction of comfortable, fixed street furniture, new shade trees and low-level gardens
        • Mitchell Street, Stockton ($1.3 million) – Footpath widening and pedestrian access plus safety improvements between Crown and King streets, with drainage upgrades and new street trees.
    • Shortland ($500,000) – Consultation currently underway with residents and businesses to have their say on upgrades to the Sandgate Road local centre, including pedestrian safety improvements and new street furniture.
  • James Street Plaza, Hamilton ($200,000) – Detailed design and construction set to follow community engagement to develop artwork and heritage interpretation.
  • Orchardtown Road, New Lambton ($200,000) – Feedback from recent community engagement is being integrated into the Public Domain Plan and future design of the local centre.

Construction on the Joslin Street Local Centre is expected to be completed within a year. Visit for more information.