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Great Public Spaces Toolkit

The Great Public Spaces Toolkit helps bring the principles of the draft NSW Public Spaces Charter to life through a collection of free resources to support local government, state agencies, industry and the community. The department is developing tools that anyone can use to support planning, managing and creating better and more vibrant public spaces.

The Toolkit includes the Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life (PDF 326.4 KB) and Great Public Spaces Guide (PDF 3.2 MB).

More case studies, tools and guidance will be added to the Toolkit over time.

Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life

Penrith City Council - Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life

The Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life can be used by anyone who wants to better understand the strengths and areas for improvement in a public space. The tool takes people through a series of questions to analyse public space quality. This information can be used to inform future planning, design and investment and to improve public spaces for everyone.

For more information, download our frequently asked questions(PDF 390.6KB).

Download the Evaluation Tool digital version

Download the Evaluation Tool print version

Great Public Spaces Toolkit

Hear from Dr. Caroline Butler-Bowdon, DPIE’s Executive Director, Public Spaces, along with representatives from the City of Sydney and Wagga Wagga City Council about their experiences using the Evaluation Tool.

Watch the recording of our webinar exploring the Evaluation Tool with an international panel, bringing together world leaders from Gehl, Project for Public Spaces, PlacemakingX and our Public Spaces team to discuss how to create vibrant, meaningful public spaces.

Watch the webinar

Great Public Spaces Guide

The Great Public Spaces Guide is an introduction to the meaning of place and the elements that contribute to creating a great public facility, open space or street. The beautifully illustrated guide outlines an approach for how spaces become places, to help communities, industry, local and state government create great public spaces that are full of life. The guide aims to inform future planning, design and investment, building a case for long-term change. It supports the Evaluation Tool and the NSW Public Spaces Charter.

Download the Great Public Spaces Guide

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Credit: Illustrations by Gregory Baldwin

Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life: Engagement Report

Burwood council - Have your say on the Draft Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life

We are taking a citizen-led approach to deliver the Premier’s Priority Greener Public Spaces. The Evaluation Tool was on public exhibition from 20 October to 17 November 2020.

We wanted to engage the community in the value of evaluating public space quality so they could provide feedback and help us improve the Evaluation Tool before finalisation.

During the public exhibition, we consulted members of the community, industry, state agencies and local governments to help make the Evaluation Tool as useful as possible. The Engagement Report summarises the feedback we received including comments and suggestions and provides summary of our response to this feedback.

Download the Engagement Report

How to stay in touch

For more information about the Evaluation Tool for Public Space and Public Life or the Great Public Spaces Guide, please email us at PublicSpace@planning.nsw.gov.au

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