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Funding announced for new parks, walking trails and open spaces in NSW
A $250 million program announced today, as part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, offers councils across NSW the opportunity to deliver new and improved public spaces including new parks, walking trails and open spaces.
NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes advised “we want councils to think big and bold and deliver legacy projects – new parks, new walking trails, more walkable and inviting streets and open spaces for their communities.”
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said local councils that focus on fast-tracking development assessments for projects that deliver much-needed jobs and housing will be eligible for up to $5.5 million each in funding for parklands, town squares and main streets.
Treasurer Perrottet advised “as part of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program, councils that push forward with assessments of job-creating projects will be incentivised with funding for more, and better, public spaces.”
“This program will unlock construction jobs across the State helping combat the economic shocks of COVID-19 while making communities a better place to live."
Minister Stokes said the program would create a lasting community benefit across the state and added “in NSW, we’ve already fast-tracked the determination of 67 projects since the pandemic began - creating opportunities for 40,000 jobs, 18,000 homes, 400 hectares of open space and $17.7 billion in economic benefit through our Planning System Acceleration Program.
“Now we’re helping councils to prioritise local planning projects that will boost jobs and investment in their communities with a $250 million incentive to create new and improved public spaces.”
Minister Stokes added that the program will drive more efficient local development and support the delivery of the Premier’s Priorities to increase the amount of green, open and public space.
“It builds on the success of the Planning System Acceleration Program to bring greater benefits to neighbourhoods and streets by providing councils the funds to create new or improved public space, as well as encouraging more efficient planning processes.”
This new program is only available to the 68 councils currently participating in the e-planning system.
For more information about the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program and to see what councils are eligible visit www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/publicspaceslegacy
28th June 2020 - Visits to Sydney’s green spaces increase during Coronavirus crisis
3rd April 2020 - Cairns Regional Council encourages exercisers to use walking tracks
6th March 2020 - Auckland upgrades walking tracks to prevent Kauri dieback
11th November 2019 - National walking trail launched in NSW Blue Mountains
15th October 2019 - Community vision for Melbourne’s new public open space
20th November 2018 - 23 parks and open space areas in New Zealand receive Green Flag Awards
8th February 2017 - Parks Week to highlight the value of parks and open spaces
24th January 2017 - Singapore Government commits to increasing open space for expanding population
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