From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle contacted Maitland City Council earlier this year to see if the city would be its partner in an application for state government mining royalties to establish a cathedral precinct in the CBD.
The diocese wants to restore St John’s Cathedral, Bishops House and the Pro Cathedral.
But it has asked council to be its partner for a funding application for a proposed new cathedral square and expanded car par between the existing buildings and the river.
Upgrades to St John’s Cathedral have already been funded and a development application has been submitted to council.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, June 8, 2015.