We’re providing economic stimulus by creating quality open space for public health and community well-being.
New South Wales is set for an outdoor renaissance this summer, with an almost $50 million investment in new and improved open spaces to swim, play, roam, ride and connect with nature.
Access to great open space has never been more important, particularly as we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic.
This investment in quality open spaces will also help to power the State’s economic recovery through the creation of jobs, stimulating businesses and providing stimulus to the recreation and visitor economy.
The NSW Government will deliver 3 streams of open space improvements through grant, pilot and demonstration programs over the next 3 years. This will contribute significantly to the NSW Government priorities to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10% by 2023 and planting 1 million trees across greater Sydney by tree planting by 2022.
This program will focus on projects that are nearing the ‘shovel ready’ phase of planning, helping fast track the delivery of projects that are already in-train while contributing to the post pandemic economic recovery.
What are the program objectives?
The objectives of the Open Space Program are to:
- support community health and wellbeing for NSW residents
- contribute to the post pandemic economic recovery of NSW through the creation of jobs, stimulating businesses and the recreation and visitor economy
- support investment in the creation of high-quality public and open spaces to create a lasting community benefit
- address critical shortfalls in freely accessible public places
- contribute to the delivery of the NSW Government priority for Greener Public Spaces by increasing the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by10% by 2023.