Now It’s a ‘Piazza’

New Piazza unveiled at former Newcastle railway station.

The NSW Government’s $6 million landscaping project at the former Newcastle Railway Station is now The Station Piazza – a community space that acknowledges site’s heritage.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes was in Newcastle yesterday [2 December 2020] to formally cut the ribbon, opening the revitalised 8,700 sqm space.

As the first minister for public space in NSW, it’s a privilege to open and celebrate this new public space in the heart of Newcastle,” Mr Stokes said.

During the pandemic, we have all experienced first-hand how important our local landscape is and how open space is vital for our health and wellbeing.

The Station Piazza is a magnificent public space by the waterfront that creates amazing opportunities for people to recreate.

The NSW Government’s $6 million investment in the Revitalising Newcastle program will continue to create great public spaces and attract people to Newcastle.”

Hunter & Central Coast Development Corporation Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska participated in the opening of The Station Piazza.

It’s so important that we recognise and celebrate The Station’s history, and I feel this has been captured in its transformation, bringing a unique combination of heritage and delight to the enhanced space,” Ms Misevska said.

We were pleased to work with the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council and other experts on the cultural aspects of the design, and I’m so thrilled that the site has incorporated some of the area’s Aboriginal heritage.”

The site employs smart technology and purpose-built features, including a unique bandstand performance space which was placed on the gasholder that once used to power the station.

It also features misting tracks that light up at night, planting beds, seating inscribed with Aboriginal artwork, an Aboriginal fire pit interpretation, and numerous picnic areas that link The Station to the waterfront.