Public space is where we share our stories and values, and where we forge the ties that bind us. This summer, as we re-emerge and adapt, the NSW Government is supporting councils to activate local public spaces by running free, safe activations and events, creating more opportunities for people to connect.
As part of the NSW Government’s support for community events, the Department has amended the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (Codes SEPP) to include an exempt development provision for temporary outdoor community events, for the duration of the Summer Fund program. Find out more about the amendment.
The Summer Fund brings The Festival of Place to people right across the state, as part of the NSW Government’s efforts to support community wellbeing and economic recovery in our local centres.
Summer Fund events will run until 18 April, so take a look at what might be happening near you!
Explore the map to discover where NSW Government is providing councils up to $10,000 to run free, safe activations and events, creating more opportunities for people to reconnect as we re-emerge and adapt.
About the program
- Support community wellbeing by giving people opportunities to safely return to public spaces
- Enliven public spaces in high streets within local centres through small-scale activations or events, contributing to The Festival of Place
- Boost foot traffic and dwell time in local centres during the day and night, to help revitalise the local economy
- Support engagement or employment of creative workers, food and beverage operators and producers
A program webinar was held on 7 December 2020 about Summer fund for councils December 2020:
Tim Ross invites leading thinkers, artists, comedians, performers and public figures to take him on a 'Summer Night Walk' to a special place in their neighbourhoods. Watch the first episode.
We partnered with the Committee for Sydney to ask for your ideas about how to transform public space across Greater Sydney. With more than 500 entries, find all the winners here.