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• Rover Coaches operate services between Sydney, Newcastle, Maitland, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock. Phone 4990 1699 or visit www.rovercoaches.com.au.
• Port Stephens Coaches provide regular buses between Port Stephens and Newcastle, Newcastle and the Newcastle Airport at Williamtown and a daily service to Sydney.
Phone 4982 2940 or www.pscoaches.com.au.
• Busways run services from Newcastle to the Mid North Coast. Phone 1800 043 263 or www.busways.com.au.
• Hunter Valley Buses cover from Newcastle to Raymond Terrace, Lemon Tree Passage & Stockton, around Maitland (including Morpeth) and up to Singleton. Phone 4935 7200 or www.huntervalleybuses.com.au.
Getting Around Newcastle
• Newcastle Bus & Ferry Services Bus Depot- Denison St, Hamilton, ph 4961 8933 For timetable information ph 13 1500 or visit www.newcastlebuses.info. Printed timetables are available from the City Administration Centre or Hamilton Bus Depot.
• Newcastle Taxis- ph 13 3300
• Within the Newcastle city centre there is a FREE bus zone. This initiative by The City of Newcastle, Newcastle Alliance, the Honeysuckle Development Corporation and the NSW State Government enables people to travel for free on ALL State Transit buses in the designated city zone. This service is available seven days a week between the hours of 7:30am and 6pm. Visit www.newcastlecity.com.au for more information about this service.
Roads and Maritime Services, NSW (RMS) www.rta.nsw.gov.au For all licensing, vehicle registration, NSW E-Toll information and other roads and traffic enquiries please ph 13 2213, look online at www.rta.nsw.gov.au or call into one of their motor registries
• 114 Parry St, Newcastle West
• Lot 11 – 17 Young Street, Carrington
• Shop 41 Wallsend Plaza, Kokera St, Wallsend Parking http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/parking_and_transport If you are driving in Newcastle, you need to be aware of the parking rules and facilities. Paid parking operates at various times throughout the city centre – please check kerbside signs for hours of operation and time limits. Parking stations are located in the East, West, Civic and Foreshore areas. Parking in Newcastle is very affordable, especially when compared to major cities such as Sydney.
Newcastle Relocation Guide Please be aware that precinct parking covers many areas of Newcastle and Hamilton. You may wish to contact council on ph 4974 5008 if you live in these areas to discuss the matter further.
Security The City Centre is very conscious of the need for security, however, we face the same problems as most major cities, so please be aware at all times. Don't leave cars unlocked, and when at the beach don't leave personal items unattended.
Places of Worship Below is a list of contact numbers for various religions. No disrespect is intended if your religion is not mentioned. These were the only ones we were able to find information on at the time of printing.
Pets www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/my_property/owning_a_pet The Companion Animals Act 1998 is aimed at protecting pets, their owners, the wider community and the environment. Responsible pet ownership involves proper housing, feeding, control, care and breeding. Pet owners also need to be aware of the problems, which can occur if dogs and cats are allowed to roam. All owners are encouraged to desex their animals, and as an incentive the cost of registration is a lot lower for desexed animals.
How to be a responsible pet owner:
• Make sure your animal can be identified with a collar, tag and microchip
• Make sure your animal is registered with Council so it can be identified if lost
• Keep your pet in your yard, roaming animals can do a lot of harm to native wildlife
• Consider de-sexing your pet, they’ll be happier and less likely to roam
• Clean up after your pet Requirements of the law
All cats and dogs over 12 weeks of age and any going to new owners must be:
• Microchipped (by your local vet)
• Registered (by 6 months) (with local council)
• Wearing an identification collar and tag If your pet is already registered ensure that you update your address when you relocate.
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There are penalties under the Companion Animals Act for:
• Lack of identification
• Having animals in prohibited areas (eg. Blackbutt Reserve)
• Failure to remove dog faeces
• Dog not on lead
• Failure to comply with a Nuisance Cat Order (issued if your cat is a nuisance to your neighbours by persistently making noise, fouling their yard or attacking animals)
• Unmuzzled greyhound or prescribed dog (eg. Pit Bull Terrier)
• Failure to take seized animal to owner or Council pound Dog owners have special responsibilities under the Act to ensure they have their animal under control when in public. If your dog attacks another dog or another person there can be severe penalties including orders to have the animal destroyed. The City of Newcastle provides several leash free areas around the city, a copy of the ‘Newcastle Off Leash Areas’ brochure can be obtained from the City Administration Building or download a copy from http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/pets_and_animals/leash_free_areas.
For more information on how to be a responsible pet owner contact the Companion Animal Management Team on ph 4974 2545 or drop in to the City Administration Building and pick up some brochures.
Immigrants & Multicultural Persons www.immi.gov.au The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs provides information on visiting, studying, working and migrating to Australia as well as information on life in Australia, such as health, housing, education, learning English, work & business, etc. Unfortunately, there is no longer an office in Newcastle; however the Migrant Resource Centre at 8 Chaucer Street, Hamilton can help with advice and forms, but don’t process applications etc.
Phone: General Enquiries – 131 881 Australian Citizenship – 131 880 The Community Relations Committee, amongst other services, provides a 24 hour interpreting and translating service in over 75 languages and dialects by telephoning 1300 651 500, or visit their Hunter office at:117 Bull Street, Newcastle ph 49188 333 www.crc.nsw.gov.au Education www.schools.nsw.edu.au The Hunter/ Central Coast region has 300 schools, and a strong academic record. Please contact the Hunter Regional Office of the Department of School Education on ph 4924 9999 or call into 117 Bull Street, Newcastle to obtain specific information on schools in your area. A list of public schools can also be obtained through the Department of Education’s website www.schools.nsw.edu.au.
Centrelink www.centrelink.gov.au You may also need to advise Centrelink of a change of address. This can be done over the phone by phoning the appropriate 13 number (see white pages under Centrelink) or by dropping into one
of their offices at:
• 279 King Street, Newcastle • 168-194 Maitland Road, Mayfield • 331 Charlestown Road, Charlestown Child Care & Playgroups For family day care enquiries contact either Newcastle (4904 3477).For information on childcare centres please phone Childcare Access on 1800 670 305.
Information on playgroups in your local area is available from www.playgroupnsw.com.au or by phoning 1800 171 882.
Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au The Hunter Region Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care Reception Team provide information to older persons, people with a disability and their carers to assist them to make informed decisions and to live independently. They provide information and support services including mainstream provision, Home and Community Care and disability services and referrals for support and service provision. To access this service please call 1300 731 556 Disability Information www.da.org.au An Access Directory is available from the Visitors Centre or online at http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/6126/access_directory.pdf The Disability Advocacy NSW runs a Disability Info line on ph 4927 0111 or 1300 365 085 that provides information and advice on Hunter services and resources for people with a disability.
Their website also contains useful information, such as a disability directory, www.da.org.au.
Pensioners & Senior Citizens It is important that all pensioners advise Council that they have moved and provide them with new contact information, so that your pension information can be updated. Some additional contacts
that you may find useful are:
Home Library, Ph. 4974 5348
Gay & Lesbian Information www.rainbowvisions.org.au Rainbow Visions Hunter aims to enhance the health, well-being and social life of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people in the Newcastle and Hunter Region.
The Sydney Junction Hotel and Unity Nightclub is Newcastle’s most popular gay and lesbian entertainment venue. Located 8 Beaumont Street Hamilton NSW 2303 Australia Phone: (02) 4961 2537, Email: email@example.com Web address: http://www.sjh.com.au/ Events http://www.visitnewcastle.com.au/pages/newcastle-events/ Winner of a 2012 International Festivals and Events Association Award, Newcastle serves up a range of world class international and community events each year. No matter your interests and budget there is always an event happening in Newcastle to suit your needs. Newcastle is host to a wide variety of events that reflect the historical, cultural, ethnic and sporting diversity of the city. For information on events contact Newcastle Visitor Information on 1800 654 558 or check them out online at the link above Markets The Newcastle area has many interesting markets where you can view local produce, arts and crafts, knick-knacks, or grab a bite to eat or perhaps find a great bargain.
For a comprehensive and updated listing of markets in the Newcastle Area navigate to the following link or contact Newcastle Visitor Information on 1800 654 558 http://svc066.bookeasy.com/images/newcastle/markets.pdf Shopping Darby Street - Cooks Hill Newcastle’s cosmopolitan retail strip where you can eat, view art and shop all on the one street.
The Junction - Union Street & Glebe Road, The Junction Newcastle’s prestigious shopping village where you can shop for designer labels, fascinating jewellery and hip home wares.
Beaumont Street - Hamilton This multicultural hub of Newcastle offers fine dining and unique specialty shops.
Dining & Entertainment The Honeysuckle precinct along the harbour’s edge is home to top wine bars and eateries as well as some of the most glorious views in the city. In nearby Darby Street, and in Beaumont Street in Hamilton, funky sidewalk cafes sit comfortably beside relaxed pubs and fine dining creating a dynamic and eclectic experience.
www.eatlocal.com.au is a fantastic online resource when you are looking for somewhere to eat out in Newcastle. You can search according to suburb, cuisine and dining experience and pick-up discount specials.
Sip cocktails at a harbourside bar in the Honeysuckle Precinct or unwind in one of the many pubs found throughout the city and suburbs. The CBD is peppered with night-time hotspots and trendy clubs perfect for drinking with friends or dancing the night away. Contact the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre (ph. 1800 654 558) for a copy of our Pub & Club Guide.
Pools/ Beaches http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches_and_pools
• Public Swimming Pools The City of Newcastle has five Swimming Centres for you to use and enjoy. All pools have an Olympic size 50m pool and a learner’s pool, as well as a kiosk, free BBQ facilities, shaded seating, heated showers, and off street parking. All swimming centres are supervised by professional lifeguards and are located close to public transport.
• Beaches The City of Newcastle is responsible for the lifeguard patrolling, cleaning, maintenance and restoration of six of Newcastle’s most popular beaches and Surf Club buildings and the historic Newcastle Ocean Baths and Merewether Ocean Baths.
Professional lifeguards employed by Council are responsible for almost all patrols excluding Sunday patrols during the Surf Life Saving season (30 weeks from approximately August to May) when Surf Club members Newcastle Relocation Guide provide voluntary patrols. All beaches are patrolled during the summer surfing season from August until May.
Nobbys and Bar Beach are patrolled all year round while Stockton is patrolled during the July School Holidays. For your own safety, please swim only at patrolled beaches. You will find that there are public amenities, shade shelters, parking, disabled access, picnic areas, BBQs and kiosks at Newcastle’s beaches.
Beaches are patrolled on Sundays by Surf Lifesaving Clubs for 31 weeks from 23 September 2012 to 28 April 2013.
• Ocean Baths Merewether Ocean Baths Merewether Baths are open all year round (subject to maintenance and cleaning). The baths are patrolled from 9am to 5.30pm from 22 September 2012 to 28 April 2013.
Newcastle Ocean Baths Newcastle Ocean Baths is cleaned every Wednesday during winter months and every Thursday from 4 October 2012.
Newcastle Relocation Guide Other Activities Enjoy a self-guided walking tour around the Newcastle East Heritage Precinct or take a leisurely stroll along the Foreshore Promenade connecting up with the Bathers Way, which highlights the delights of the city’s harbour and coastline. Or grab a bike and ride through city streets, cruise past beaches, along the harbour and parks and by cafes and restaurants. Get close to nature along the Fernleigh Track or take a long, leisurely ride into the countryside.
For more information on these activities and many more please drop in to the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre at 361 Hunter Street, Newcastle, freecall 1800 654 558 or check out www.visitnewcastle.com.au.
Want More Information Visit The City of Newcastle online at www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au. On this site you will find information on cultural services, community and council information, including when the next council meetings and community forums are, and much more. Alternatively, you could ring 4974 2000 or visit the City Administration Centre at 282 King St, Newcastle.
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