Events will keep the city buzzing during light rail construction

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Newcastle’s city centre will be buzzing with a diverse mix of events and attractions when light rail construction kicks off in Hunter Street on 12 September.

"Although Hunter Street will be closed to traffic between Auckland and Darby Streets, businesses will remain open, pedestrian access will be maintained, and locals and visitors should keep coming into town," Revitalising Newcastle Program Director, Michael Cassel said.

Regular attractions themed around food, sports, wellbeing, arts and culture will be scheduled to cater for different audiences at different times.

"The fun kicks off with a Lions Club community breakfast at Wheeler Place from 7 am Tuesday 12 September," Mr Cassel said.

During September, live music, lunchtime Tai Chi and yoga sessions, markets, a book club and street eat gatherings will be held across the city, including the Market Street Lawn, Civic Park, Newcastle Museum green space, Wheeler Place, and the Burwood Street plaza.

"I understand business owners might be feeling anxious about light rail construction – it’s not every day that you have major infrastructure being built on your doorstep," Mr Cassel said.

"We have a dedicated team on the ground, working closely with businesses to assist them through this period of disruption."

"Novocastrians are renowned for coming out in numbers and supporting their local community and local events."

"We look forward to generating more activity and excitement in the city centre as Newcastle goes through this unprecedented period of revitalisation."

"I encourage everyone follow Revitalising Newcastle on Facebook to keep up to date with the events and attractions that will be popping up across the city."