Streets as Shared Spaces grants

Through the Streets as Shared Spaces program, the NSW Government has awarded grants to councils for temporary activation projects that support the community during COVID-19 and also test ideas for more permanent improvements to local streets, paths and public spaces.

This $15 million program launched in 2020, and was a pilot to enable improvements across NSW during COVID-19 and into the future which:

  • 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 the well-being of local communities and their ability to exercise
  • attract people back into public spaces in a safe way, when appropriate to do so.

Projects are intended to test and build the case for more permanent changes. Councils will lead the projects and consult with the community and stakeholders to evaluate success and make changes as needed.

Applications closed on 10 June 2020.

Successful projects

The Department is delighted to have received a high standard of applications from Councils across NSW focussed on making our streets and public spaces safer and more attractive during COVID restrictions and into the future.

Announced in August 2020, grant funding has been awarded to 48 temporary demonstration and pilot projects across 27 regional councils and 14 councils in Greater Sydney.  These projects will be managed and delivered by local councils to test and trial long term change with the community and stakeholders. Projects include new paths, connections and cycleways, re-imagining lanes and carparks as public space, calming traffic and creating semi-permanent art including murals and lighting. They include:

  • activation of an underutilized laneway in Parramatta
  • streets converted into ‘micro rooms’ across Canterbury Bankstown
  • creation of a “green spine” on Harbour Drive in Coffs Harbour
  • a temporary road closure to create a public square in Griffith and
  • a Living Laneways project in Singleton.

View the list of successful projects.

The following map demonstrates the locations of the 48 successful projects.

Guidelines and resources

For further details about the program see below:

Webinar series

We hosted a series of webinars to provide more information about the program. You can watch the recordings below:

Webinar 1: An introduction to the program

Webinar 2: Stories from the frontline

Webinar 3: The role of business in the program

More information

Sign up to receive updates about Streets as Shared Spaces and great public spaces. For more information about Streets as Shared Spaces grants, contact the Public Spaces team: PublicSpace@planning.nsw.gov.au

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