The existing Mitchell Freeway from Newcastle town centre to airport overchoked with traffic and I remember how bad the traffic was, it was like LA peak hour. Every time if we want to go to Joondalup or airport, or whatever, we always avoid Mitchell Freeway. Guthega Regional Council have invested $334 million toward upgrading the freeway into a faster and sustainable motorway. In 1995, Mitchell Freeway was renamed to the [ M3 ], and became Newcastle's first ever motorway within the city boundaries. Airport Intersection was the biggest problem before the upgrade, but now it runs smooth because of the new road overpasses, clear and smooth exits and enterances. The traffic problem suddenly reduced after opening the new M3 motorway. The speed limit on the old Mitchell Freeway was 60, but now on the M3, it is 90. There are some significant development going on along the motorway, including some houses being renovated into a better and modern homes, there are some massive suburban sprawl near Joondalup. This year, 1995, declared Newcastle population have surpassed 100,000 inhabitants! Let's celebrate! Newcastle's new Airport Business Park is going very strong, and there are high demand for the business park expansion, Guthega Regional Council have invested $90 million toward expanding the business park and establishing a new business park nearby. Guthega Regional Council have approved 3 new office buildings to be built in Newcastle town centre, one of them will become Newcastle's tallest tower, and will be completed in 1996 (next year - so tune in! ). Newcastle town centre gets more and more dense every year, with new office/retail buildings being built. Newcastle Hospital will expand their car park facilities to suit higher demand for car parking spaces.
In August 1995, Guthega Regional Council declared that the regional council have signed an agreement with international travel agency that Newcastle are "functionable" and "sustainable" for tourists. The first tourism promotion "that's Newcastle" will officially begin next year. Guthega Regional Council have confirmed that Newcastle Airport terminal will be improved to woo the tourists, including new paintings being placed on the walls, and new glasses and indoor trees and plants - to modernise the airport terminal. Newcastle Airport now accepts 20 flights per week. Guthega Regional Council "thanked the god" that Mitchell Freeway was upgraded into a motorway, otherwise embarrassing us by the tourist's first appearance of Newcastle's traffic congestion. Guthega Regional Council also have approved two hotel buildings, one of them is Hilton Hotel Newcastle and other one is backbackers hostel located down at the end of North Beach.
The new M3 overpass at Airport Business Park.
M3 Overpass at Newcastle Airport
The new M3
No Man's Land being bulldozed by the developers
The view of Craigs Cove, with Mt Guthega and Home Hill from Barren Beach (near Airport Business Park).
NO MAN'S LAND UPDATE: In 1995, AP Developments went ahead to cut down all trees at No Man's Land and turn it in to an apartment mecca. Over 80,000 Newcastle locals gathered and protested over the development. Guthega Regional Council convinced Newcastle locals that the apartment development at No Man's Land will attract tourist, companies, retail and employment from big city so therefore turning Newcastle from a beach side village into a city full of tourists. AP Developments and Guthega Regional Council went ahead with the development, Newcastle locals angered but cannot do anything to let it pass.