Steve and Louise continue cycling through Australia
The last two decades have not been kind to Newcastle. The closure of the steelworks that were the foundation of the city was followed by the closure of the Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter, undermining the economic base of the city.
But Newcastle is in the process of re-inventing itself. It is over a decade since we were last in this city, and it was almost unrecognizable. The old heavy rail track that separated the main business district from the waterfront is gone; the foreshore now is a pedestrian precinct, lined by an array of new buildings (all of which of course have restaurants on their ground floors). A swanky new light rail system now runs along Hunter Street through the heart of the city. Empty office buildings have been re-purposed as apartments.
It is a brave attempt at recycling the city, and I hope it works. But it feels like…
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