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.
More case studies, tools and guidance will be added to the Toolkit over time.
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).
The Evaluation Tool is also available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese:
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.
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.
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.