Scot MacDonald
29th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Lake Macquarie City Councillor Jason Pauling to inspect the site for the Charlestown CREATE: Art Activation Project at Pearson Street in Charlestown.

This was enabled through a $136,400 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government to Lake Macquarie City Council from the 2nd round of Stronger Country Communities Fund.

A public art display will be created at Charlestown, part of Charlestown CREATE, a second citywide art activation project. 

Charlestown CREATE will link to the new $1.1 million Charlestown Skate Park and be included in the upcoming $2 million Pearson Street Mall redevelopment. Benefits include reactivating the CBD as a people-friendly, attractive and vibrant public space, encouraging evening activity, and improving the profile of Charlestown within the wider community.

“The main benefits of this project include physical streetscape improvements and public artworks between the Pearson Street Mall, Charlestown Skate Park and Charlestown Plaza to improve the liveability and amenity of an area frequently used by community, business and commuters,” Mr MacDonald said.

\"Lake Macquarie is making a renewed effort to embrace art and involve local communities - this project will continue the evolution of the Charlestown economic precinct,” Mr Pauling said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million. 

“I congratulate Lake Macquarie City Council and look forward to the local sports and community facility improvements that will make the region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.

The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, for more information, please visit: