While this post will still appear with a Wednesday date, it is in fact coming up later because of other pressures.
Last Forum, Wednesday Forum: improving public transport, drew no comments. That happens.
This time I want to deal with a different issue, the best way of re-imagining Newcastle.
To help you here, assume that there is suddenly a New England state. Newcastle as the biggest city, bigger still if we include the surrounding urban areas, suddenly has an opportunity to carve out a new and independent role free of previous constraints. What would you advise?
To further help you here, a few questions:
- As one of Lonely Planet's new top ten global cities, how would you promote Newcastle's role not just as a destination in its own right, but as entry point to New England?
- Should Newcastle aim to turn its airport into a promoted international airport? This has benefits, but there may also be environmental implications.
- Newcastle has its own gritty cultural tradition, one not well recognised outside the city. How would you promote this?
- There appear to be rivalries and tensions among Hunter Valley councils. How do you promote Newcastle in such a way as to benefit other areas?
- While Newcastle has its own business community, the city is in many ways a branch office economy. What might be done to encourage the creation of new Newcastle or Hunter headquartered businesses?
- What are the main impediments to be overcome if Newcastle is grow not just in economic but in life style terms?