Labor councillors say they’ll breathe new life into Wallsend Local Centre if they’re successful in holding on to their majority after the Newcastle council election this Saturday.

It’s hoped replacing the roundabout at the intersection of Cowper and Kokera Streets with traffic lights will help speed up traffic flow.

There’s also plans to install a new culvert bypass beneath the Cowper Street bridge, in hopes to help stormwater flow into Ironbark Creek for flood mitigation.

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery says it’s exciting to see local government commit to a much-needed investment in the suburb.

“I am seeing and witnessing this continuation and commitment to, not only to better traffic flow, but really and seriously looking at flood mitigation, so we can prepare Wallsend for the future,” Ms Hornery said.

The works are the third stage of the Wallsend Local Centre works program, following replacement of the Tyrell Street bridge and other initiatives last year. 

Ms Hornery says the suburb’s long overdue for a facelift.

“There are improvements with pedestrian flows, and bicycle tracks, and we’re looking at also making it more attractive with trees and other sorts of landscaping, to make it look better as well,” Ms Hornery said.

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