The NSW Government is committed to a citizen-led approach to delivery on the Greener Public Spaces Premier’s Priority; to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10 percent by 2023. The Department is keen to understand what public space is available near you including how it’s being used.
The Public Space during COVID-19 survey will help us to find out whether use of public spaces including high streets has changed as we the pandemic continues. The survey will build on earlier findings from mid-2020.
From May to August 2020, the Department captured community views on the use and value of public spaces with a survey. Participants were asked about local streets to find out what currently works well and what changes people would like to see in the future. The survey also asked about changes in the use of public spaces during COVID-19, to understand the impacts of social distancing on how people use public spaces.
More than 4,700 comments or survey responses were received, with many people contributing multiple comments and ideas to share their experiences at a moment in time. Key themes included:
- Communities across NSW highly value accessible and inviting local streets.
- Safety is a priority for pedestrians and cyclists when using their local streets.
- Trees and green space play an important role in making neighbourhoods pleasant, comfortable and resilient.
- Communities, culture and local economies thrive when they have great public space
Participant responses will help inform the way we plan for public spaces across NSW and support other government bodies with policy and guideline development.