The Festival of Place – Open Streets is a funding partnership program with 13 Greater Sydney councils most impacted by the 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns, supporting these councils to temporarily close streets to cars and open them on a day or series of days for demonstration projects involving community events and activities.
The department offered funding of up to $500,000 to partner councils to activate streets from December 2021 to May 2022.
The program seeks to:
- Temporarily close streets to cars and open them for people, with projects over a day or series of days that provide safe space for community events and activities
- Re-energise our streets by creating a sense of excitement and discovery in streets and centres, with creative activations that are inviting and inclusive to all the community
- Support job creation in local businesses and cultural sector
- Seed longer-term place management outcomes, through demonstration projects that encourage partnerships between councils and businesses, cultural or learning institutions and/or asset owners.
More than 25 streets and laneways in 20 urban centres across Greater Sydney will be opened for the community.
Pop-up bars, outdoor dining, performance stages, and lighting installations will re-imagine Phillip Street and surrounding laneways in Parramatta's CBD.
Woodriff Street in Penrith and West Lane in St Marys will replace cars with live performances, pop-up green space, alfresco dining and creative interventions.
Adding colour and energy back into Homebush and Homebush West, over a series of weekends Rochester Street and Henley Road will be home to outdoor dining, live entertainment and placemaking activations.
The program supports the Premier's Priority to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas across NSW within 10 minutes' walk of quality green, open and public space.
The Festival of Place in your streets supports the Greener Public Spaces Premier’s Priority to increase walkable access to quality public open space in urban areas across NSW.