Streets, plazas and pavements are an essential part of our network of public spaces. They take us to other places, while adding vitality to our neighbours and providing spaces where people can exercise and socialise. Great streets are essential infrastructure for successful and healthy neighbourhoods and centres including:

  • doing business
  • travelling
  • walking
  • cycling
  • outdoor dining and
  • socialising.

Our network of streets as shared spaces are in focus at this time of COVID-19, as we pay close attention to how we safely move around our neighbourhoods to access essential services and to exercise.

Streets as Shared Spaces grants

We are rolling out a state-wide pilot program to promote temporary activation projects in local government areas. The goal is to make improvements to streets and support the health and well-being of local communities.

The program will provide funding for councils to undertake demonstration and pilot projects to increase the amount of public space, and improve local streets, plazas and pavements as shared community spaces.

A temporary activation is an approach to neighbourhood building and activation, using short-term methods to test projects quickly through pilots, pop-ups, short-term treatments or semi-permanent changes.

Applications for the Streets as Shared Spaces grants closed on 10 June 2020. Successful projects will be announced in the coming months.

What are temporary activations?

Temporary projects can be a quick, low cost method to demonstrate the value of a concept and test future permanent change. Projects are typically short-term and run for up to one month or on set regular days, and pilots can be semi-permanent up to a year.

These short-term improvements can:

  • support essential workers to travel to work, and people working from home
  • contribute to NSW economic recovery in our local centres by creating vibrant streets and additional safe space to support local business
  • activate high streets to create better quality public space
  • support physical distancing requirements and encourage safe social connection
  • support our communities well-being and ability to exercise
  • attract people back into public spaces in a safe way, when appropriate to do so.

Find out more about the Streets as Shared Spaces grants.

Streets and places you love

We also want to hear from our community about how you are using local streets everyday, the places you love, and your ideas to improve streets and public spaces.

The Streets as Shared Spaces program is part of delivering the Premier’s Priority to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space.

It is also part of a cross-department campaign to increase awareness that public space, and spaces for walking and cycling are essential infrastructure for a successful and healthy neighbourhoods and centres.

Have your say and tell us about the streets you love.

Vivid Sydney 2019

Temporary activation initiatives include temporary street closures for one-off pop-up community events. A great example is temporary street closures for Vivid Sydney 2019, where crowds enjoyed Pixar: 30 Years of Animation light projection in The Rocks, Sydney. Credit: Destination NSW

Tell us about the streets you love
Tell us about the streets you love
Streets as Shared Spaces grants
Streets as Shared Spaces grants
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