Newcastle council approves 'Spanish Steps' plan for Mall car park site

Michael Parris
Updated December 9 2020 - 3:30pm, first published 12:20pm
A 2006 concept plan of the "Stairway to Heaven".
A 2006 concept plan of the "Stairway to Heaven".

Newcastle council has authorised chief executive Jeremy Bath to talk to a developer about demolishing the Mall Car Park and replacing it with apartments and the revived "Spanish Steps" plan.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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