Public open space plays a critical role in creating liveable, productive, sustainable and resilient places. The importance of quality and accessible public open space is well recognised across all levels of Government in Australia and internationally. The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the important role that high quality public open spaces play in our communities.
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is developing the first NSW Public Open Space Strategy. With a focus on public open space that is owned or managed by the NSW Government, the Strategy will provide a clear roadmap that defines actions for the NSW Government to take to deliver public open space and as well as its priorities for the next 50 years.
It will create a 50-year vision for open space for all of NSW, that builds on the 50-year Vision for Greater Sydney’s Open Space and Parklands. This will be underpinned by a series of principles, goals and priority actions for future investments in open space.
State Government owned and managed public open space often stretches across local government areas and can include important natural and environmental features, as well as spaces for recreation and community gatherings.
The Strategy will build on and implement the objectives of the Premier’s Priority, Greener Public Spaces, which aims to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10% by 2023. It will also support the draft NSW Public Space Charter, a series of principles which demonstrate the NSW Government’s commitment to quality public spaces for every community across NSW.
Importantly, the Strategy will align with the principles and approaches outlined in the recently released 50-Year Vision for Greater Sydney's Open Space and Parklands and NSW Government Architect’s Greener Places and Designing with Country and Connecting with Country Draft Framework.
The Department recognises that consultation with stakeholders such as State Agencies, Councils and local communities is critical to ensure the Strategy is considerate of those involved in the decision-making process and reflects the needs and priorities of local communities
Throughout June 2021, the Department will be consulting with stakeholders via a series of workshops, interviews, focus groups and a community survey.