Flowers and Trees for Mitchell Street

Stockton’s Mitchell Street facelift imminent.

City of Newcastle will increase the number of street trees in Stockton’s main street from three to 40 as part of a $3.3 million upgrade to start in early 2021.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Stockton business owner Lucas Gresham on the corner of Mitchell Street and King Street with an artist impression of the Mitchell Street upgrade (attached).

The project will give Mitchell Street a makeover to improve public spaces, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and increase shade as part of the City’s Local Centres program.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said that the investment would deliver a more attractive space for shopping and dining as Stockton’s population grows.

A key feature of this upgrade is the significant increase in street trees which will provide much needed shade and add to the colour and character of this important shopping and business centre within Stockton.

An innovative design has been developed to create space for these trees and still allow space for parking and footpaths. Local businesses will be able to take advantage of shade for street side dining, and shoppers will have a more pleasant place to spend time or catch up with friends.

This investment is one of 26 projects valued at more than $17 million delivered in Stockton over the past five years, including coastal protection works and the much-loved Stockton Active Hub.”

Plans for the upgrade are available on City of Newcastle’s website, and on display at Stockton Library from today until December 14.

The Mitchell Street upgrade will include drainage improvements, new footpaths and street furniture, landscaping including new street trees and rain gardens, and a reduction in speed limit to 40 km/hr to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

City of Newcastle is delivering the Mitchell Street upgrade as part of its record $116 million 2020-21 capital works program designed to support the local economy in response to COVID-19.

Suburban hubs across the local government area are being revitalised as part of City of Newcastle’s Local Centres program, with Carrington and Beresfield completed while Joslin Street Kotara, Llewellyn Street Merewether and Orchardtown Road New Lambton are underway.

Visit www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au  to add suggestions on the Mitchell Street upgrade.