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Your High Street grant

Building on the success of the award-winning Streets as Shared Spaces grants program, the NSW Government announced the Your High Street grant program in November 2020. Your High Street aims to enhance the amenity and functionality of high streets throughout NSW to support local business recovery, boost economic stimulus in response to the pandemic, improve the comfort and experience for the community, and enable permanent improvement projects. Grants of up to $1 million are available for councils to deliver improvements for a high street by May 2022.

The program supports delivery of the Premier’s Priority to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space.

Funding aims to:

  • Improve/increase number of uses over day and night
  • Improve safety and comfort for people
  • Improve local accessibility and connections
  • Increase footfall and capacity for trade for businesses

Your High Street applications are now closed, with successful and unsuccessful applicants to be informed in April 2021.

The program supports the delivery of the Premier's Priority to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes' walk of quality green, open and public space.

Community insight

The Department has released a refreshed Public Space during COVID-19 survey in parallel to the Your High Street grant program, to find out how the use of public spaces has changed. This followed a survey early in 2020 which sought feedback on the use and value of public spaces in NSW during the pandemic. Feedback was compiled in the Public Spaces: Streets as Shared Spaces Engagement Report   (PDF 4.5 MB). Insights from both surveys will inform the Department to better plan and deliver public spaces which meet community needs both now and into the future.

Streets as Shared Spaces grants

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

This award-winning $15 million program launched in May 2020, 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 are leading the projects and will consult with the community and stakeholders to evaluate success and make changes as needed.

Applications closed on 10 June 2020.

Engagement report

For more information download:

Public Spaces Streets as Shared Spaces Engagement Report (PDF 4641Kb)

Successful projects

In June 2020 the Department received a high standard of applications from councils focused on making streets and public spaces safer and more attractive during COVID restrictions.

In August 2020, grant funding was awarded to 48 temporary demonstration and pilot projects across 27 regional councils and 14 councils in Greater Sydney.

These projects are being managed and delivered by councils to test and trial long term change with the community and stakeholders. Projects include testing 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 ((PDF 388.5 KB)).

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

Webinar series

We hosted a series of webinars to provide more information about the program:

Webinar 1: An introduction to the program

Webinar 2: Stories from the frontline

Webinar 3: The role of business in the program