Streets in Hurstville and Kogarah will be rejuvenated as activated public spaces with lighting, outdoor dining and increased tree canopy, thanks to $400,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.
Georges River Council’s two projects are among 48 successful proposals across the State.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said the funding will help to transform the area, providing more public space for the community to relax, exercise and enjoy.
“The Streets as Shared Spaces program is part of the NSW Government’s efforts to encourage new and improved pedestrian and active transport links that facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Coure said.
“Not only will these projects improve how we use our public spaces, they will create employment opportunities and make our streets more attractive and welcoming for people.”
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, said there has been overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 145 applications from 99 councils.
“Whether it is new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and into the future,” Minister Stokes said.
“The successful projects demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform under-utilised space into accessible public spaces for our communities to enjoy.”
The Streets as Shared Spaces program aims to support physical distancing requirements during COVID-19, promote the health of local economies and furthers the NSW Government’s Premier’s Priority to create greener public spaces. Councils will need to obtain all of the relevant approvals and engage with their community in delivering the projects.