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50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands

From 1 April some agencies and teams have moved. Greater Sydney Parklands is now part of Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

You will continue to find information on this website until the digital transition is completed.

50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney Parklands

The final 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands (PDF 3.2MB) imagines the future of Greater Sydney’s numerous and diverse outdoor spaces and parklands.

The then NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces announced the final 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands on 24 May 2021 after consultation with the community.

Greater Sydney’s abundance of parklands is a legacy of good decision making over many years and we are building on that legacy, creating a city in a park.

The Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Act 2022 was passed on 29 March 2022 and established the new Greater Sydney Parklands Trust. The Trust is responsible for protecting our existing parklands, while also establishing new parklands to realise the 50-Year vision for Greater Sydney to become a ‘city within a park’.

Timeline

The community conversation about open space and parklands across Greater Sydney has evolved over the following stages:

Release of the Draft 50-Year vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands

Parklands are critical to the health, wellbeing and liveability of our communities, providing areas for recreation, visual amenity and access to nature, as well as supporting green jobs and local economies. They are vital for the conservation of our natural environment and habitat for wildlife in the city.

The COVID-19 pandemic reminded us of the need to access and enjoy public space near home more than ever. It’s the right time to consider our aspirations for public spaces and parklands for the years to come.

Our 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands imagines greener streets, higher quality parklands and more green connections that support healthy people and communities.

Download the Draft 50-Year Vision report (PDF 3.2MB)

Finalisation of the 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands - Outcomes report

50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open space and Parklands - Public feedback on the Draft VisionThank you to everyone who shared their ideas on the draft vision as part of the public consultation activities in August/September 2020.

Your feedback was carefully considered in refining the 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands.

Download the public feedback (PDF 4.4MB)

Release of the White Paper - Parklands for People

This white paper sits alongside our 50-Year Vision. This report provides more depth and breadth to the 2020 proposal for the creation of a Greater Sydney Parklands agency, and gave the community another chance to voice their views.

The White Paper - Parklands for People closed for public comment on 12 July 2021.

Download the White Paper (PDF 3.7MB)

View the previous consultation in full

The community and stakeholder feedback gathered in Phase 3 is collated within the White Paper - Parklands for People - What we heard report.

Download the What we heard report (PDF 827KB)

Draft Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021

Greater Sydney ParklandsThe draft Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021 was open for public comment and feedback from 1 October to midnight 29 October 2021.

Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2022

Greater Sydney ParklandsThe Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2022 was passed by the NSW Government on 29 March 2022.

Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2022 (PDF, 1.08 MB).

Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2022

For a more detailed understanding on the Bill, please read our frequently asked questions.

Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Act 2022 - Frequently asked questions (PDF, 172KB)

View frequently asked questions

Greater Sydney Parklands Shadow Modelling Study

The Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Bill 2021 introduces a new requirement for any new development to consider the impacts of it potentially overshadowing the parklands.

It aims to protect our most significant urban open spaces so they will continue to be places to enjoy, places that provide green infrastructure for urban cooling and relief, homes to remnant ecological communities and places that provide facilities and spaces for recreation.

Download the Greater Sydney Parklands Shadow Modelling Study (PDF 653.4KB)