Building better green spaces for Sydney and the Central Coast

17 Jan 2017
Media Release | New and improved open greenspace areas will be created with a new round of Metropolitan Greenspace Program funding from the NSW Government.

Local councils can now apply for the program’s 2016-17 funding round for a share of $4 million in grants to create better greenspace areas and outdoor public facilities. Grant funding will be matched dollar for dollar by local councils.

“Open greenspace is a key part of building great places for people to live and these projects will contribute to more productive, sustainable and liveable local communities,” said Rod Simpson, the Greater Sydney Commission’s Environment Commissioner.

“We’re looking forward to receiving a range of grant applications and to working on individual projects that enhance the liveability of local communities.”

Projects that receive funding will support Sydney’s Green Grid linking open spaces, tree-lined walkways and cycleways to create a network of green connections from people’s homes to local centres, workplaces and recreational areas.

 The NSW Government contribution to the 2016-17 Metropolitan Greenspace Program has increased to $4 million in 2016-17 (from $3 million in 2015-16) to support the many important Green Grid projects identified with councils in the district planning process so far.

Since 1990 the Metropolitan Greenspace Program has provided $41 million for over 600 projects in partnership with councils.

The Metropolitan Greenspace Program is managed by the Greater Sydney Commission, which has developed a long-term vision for Sydney’s Green Grid including the blue grid of estuaries and waterways and has been working with councils to identify priority Green Grid projects across the city.

These are featured in the draft District Plans on public exhibition until 31 March 2017, which can be viewed at www.greater.sydney. The Green Grid is also an important part of Sydney’s main planning blueprint, A Plan for Growing Sydney.

Successful projects recently completed include:

  • Great Nepean River Walk at Regatta Park, Penrith
  • Emu Plains and Tench Reserve, Penrith
  • Botany Cycleway link at Kendrick Park, Tempe
  • Great Blue Mountains Trail at Leura and Katoomba
  • The restoration of Hornsby Heritage Steps and Trail
  • Coastal pathway lighting upgrade at Gap Park, Watsons Bay
  • Bondi Coast Walk Extension feasibility study, and
  • Upgrade of walking trails in Warraroon Reserve, Longueville

Applications open today (20 January) and need to be submitted by 31 March 2017.

All local councils in Greater Sydney and on the Central Coast are eligible to apply for the grants. Successful projects will be announced in June 2017.

Councils can submit their applications via an online form for the first time at: https://greatersydneycommission.formstack.com/forms/mgp_application_form_2016

Media contact: Peter Scott: 0466 499 352

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