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Safer Cities Program

Lost Lanes Activation Day - Wagga Wagga. Credit: NSW Department of Planning and Environment by Matt Beaver
Lost Lanes Festival, Places to Love program, Wagga Wagga. Credit: Department of Planning and Environment by Matt Beaver

The Safer Cities Program is investing $30 million over two years to improve safety in our cities and towns, particularly for women and girls in partnership with Transport for NSW.

The Program will aim to understand and trial place-based approaches to improve women’s safety when walking to, through and within public spaces including our streets.

Women and girls will be engaged throughout the different stages of the Program to ensure their insights are incorporated.

Some of the Program’s initiatives will include lighting and smart technology to improve safety and visibility and creating a sense of welcome and encourage for women and girls to use public spaces.

The first two public spaces announced as part of the Program are Parramatta Park and The Rocks, and further state managed public spaces are being investigated. There will also be 10 pilots in local areas across NSW that will be selected based on available data later in 2022.

PCC Kingswood Move. Credit: Penrith City Council
Kingswood ‘Live, Work, Play Grid’, Places to Love program, Penrith. Credit: Penrith City Council

A public education campaign focussed on safety and reducing harassment will complement the infrastructure improvements to help educate and change behaviour.

Resources will be developed for the Great Public Spaces Toolkit for use by anyone including local government, state agencies, industry and the community. These will support the planning, managing and creating vibrant and safer public spaces.

The Safer Cities Program is part of a state-wide investment to improve women’s opportunities and child development. Other programs include improving access to early childhood education, supporting women in business, and support for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence.

The NSW Government is running a Smart City Innovation Challenge to uncover leading edge technology solutions to help make public spaces feel safer and more comfortable for women and girls. New approaches with demonstrable impact will be considered as part of the Safer Cities Program.

To find out more, visit:  Challenge 2 – Safer Public Spaces for Women and Girls.

Contact us

For more information, please contact: PublicSpace@planning.nsw.gov.au