Community Profile

Newcastle (map) is Australia’s seventh largest city. Over the past decade the population of the Newcastle Local Government Area has surged with significant growth in its western corridor.

The city offers a remarkable and diverse natural environment – from coastal headlands and beaches to wetlands, mangrove forests, steep ridges and rainforest gullies. This diversity presents significant challenges for Council in terms of maintaining this environment and the broad range of workforce skills required to do so.

Novocastrians are a proud community who have been shaped by their heritage. From the traditional custodians to European settlement, our culture is shaped collectively by our history as a penal settlement and the birthplace of the Australian coal industry. Ships, convicts and coal – these early and difficult beginnings have made us what we are today: a loyal, welcoming and diverse community.

Our vision: in 2030 Newcastle will be a smart, liveable and sustainable city. We will celebrate our unique city and protect our natural assets.

This website contains demographic insights for the City of Newcastle. For further information, please contact City of Newcastle on 02 4974 2000.

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