A state-wide program to promote streets as shared spaces

The NSW Government rolled out a $15m state-wide program to fund shared spaces pilot projects and improve the quality of public spaces. Councils are strongly encouraged to apply for Streets as Shared Spaces grants to deliver short-term improvements to local streets, paths or public spaces and introduce tactical urbanism interventions.

“We [NSW] are asking councils to think differently about their public spaces and amenity. Grants are available for a range of improvements to local streets, pavements, plazas, with no project too small.”

Two funding streams are currently available:

  • Up to $100k for quick response demonstration projects delivered and evaluated within 3 months. And,
  • Up to $1M for pilot projects within 12 months.

More information about the program and resources at this link: https://lnkd.in/guvdATW

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is also hosting a webinar to provide more information about the program. The first webinar is being held on Monday 18th of May at 10am-11am. Here’s the registration link: Click here to register to the webinar.

We believe this program is a unique opportunity for local governments to rethink streets and public spaces with a new approach that intersects urban mobility, walking, cycling and support local businesses with respect to social distancing measures. Ultimately, the program focuses on creating safer and more livable cities for everyone.

Images credits: Bankstown Complete Streets, Canterbury Bankstown
RobertsDay, Turf, Environmental Partnership, GTA Consulants.