Places to love

Places to Love is a collaboration between the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and pilot councils across NSW. The projects seek to improve walkable access to, and the amenity of, public space. Project outcomes can be used to guide future initiatives or permanent changes.

The demonstration projects are a way to quickly test how to make public spaces more vibrant and active through temporary changes. Councils will use pilots, pop-ups, and semi-permanent changes to test ideas and build the case for longer-term change. Once complete, each project will develop a detailed case study that will be shared in the Great Public Spaces Toolkit.

In 2020 we’re working closely with six councils – five from Sydney and one from regional NSW:

  1. Blacktown City Council
  2. Burwood City Council
  3. City of Sydney
  4. Liverpool City Council
  5. Penrith City Council
  6. Wagga Wagga City Council

A rolling program of Places to Love demonstration projects with other councils is planned in future years.

Council have begun pop-up trials, including a temporary parklet

Council have begun pop-up trials including a temporary parklet.

Located in the richly diverse centre of Blacktown’s Patrick Street precinct, this project sees council co-design a Place Plan with the community and stakeholders . Several pop-up activations in the precinct will test the draft Place Identity and Principles. It will help the city centre evolve and reflect the areas unique qualities.

Council have completed three new murals

Council have completed three new murals

The Hornsey Lane renewal project in Burwood reflects the vibrant energy of this area of inner west Sydney. The project integrates with council's strategic plan for a network of laneways with offerings of food and culture that residents and visitors can explore on foot.

This project includes three large laneway murals, landscaping, smart poles and seating along the new pedestrian link connecting to Burwood's upgraded library, community hub and council chambers. The project will also support pop-up programming and activations, like bring the library outside into the newly created laneway and a laneway renaming competition.

Artist impression of south George Street pedestrianisation

Artist impression of south George Street pedestrianisation

The southern section of George Street will be transformed to create a continuous pedestrian boulevard. The project reimagines the street as a place for people. It creates space for residents and visitors to physically distance during the pandemic. The project will include temporary furniture and landscaping, along with colourful street painting.

Council has worked closely with Transport for NSW and the department to temporarily close this section of George Street to vehicles. Building on the evidence collected during the temporary closure, the department is also supporting Council’s plans for a permanent closure, to help create one of the world’s best pedestrian boulevards.

Artist impresison of Railway Street Service Lane

Artist impresison of Railway Street Service Lane

Liverpool is undergoing an exciting process of urban renewal. The Railway Street Service Lane project will improve access and quality of a service road that has low amenity yet high pedestrian use. This project gives the laneway a makeover, transforming it with art, colour, planter boxes full of trees and colourful plantings, shade umbrellas and seating. It aims to improve walkability and transform the place for the community and visitors to enjoy.

Council have undertaken Night Walks with women to assess safety

Council have undertaken Night Walks with women to assess safety

This project will create a better connected and more vibrant town centre for Kingswood. Council has worked with the community and local businesses to design a ‘Live, Work, Play Grid’ in Kingswood. The project will facilitate a 1.2 km pedestrian walking loop, enhanced with wayfinding, lighting, seating, and placemaking elements. The aim is to improve the precinct’s safety and walkability, and provide new and improved places for the community to interact and gather.

Artist impression of Wonderland Lane

Public art will be inspired by the Lost Lanes Festival

The drought, bushfires and COVID-19 have created many challenges for regional NSW. This project is an opportunity to help the city centre of Wagga Wagga bounce back with community events in spring and summer.

This project will transform the main street in the city centre into a place for the community with art, lighting, temporary furniture, a laneway upgrade, music and activations. The project will trial street closures and night-time economic activity, connecting the community with local businesses and fostering community pride.

My Favourite Places

This will be a summer like no other and we can enjoy our great outdoors lifestyle by exploring less-travelled places in our local neighbourhood. There is a wealth of alternative options when iconic destinations become too crowded.

We encourage everyone to walk or cycle to local public spaces and rediscover their local area. We’ve captured some great examples of hidden gems from a range of NSW councils are found in The New Local (PDF 2.4 MB).

We want to hear about your favourite places to visit, whether it's a great street, public facility or open space. Use this map to share your recommendations about the best hidden gems in your neighbourhood, or to find a new adventure close to your home.

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Celebrating NSW's public spaces
Celebrating NSW's public spaces

A year-long program of virtual and physical events exploring and reimagining our civic places.

Dance Locale
Dance Locale

Sydney Dance Company presents five films in five locations across NSW.

My favourite places
My favourite places

Tell us your ideas about public spaces you love to visit in your local neighbourhood.

Transforming public space
Transforming public space

We partnered with the Committee for Sydney to ask for your ideas about how to transform public space across Greater Sydney.