Grants help Green Grid come to life

02 Feb 2017
A group of bushwalkers on walking along the Hornsby Heritage Steps and Trail
The Greater Sydney Commission is inviting local councils in Greater Sydney and the Central Coast to submit applications for the 2016-17 Metropolitan Greenspace Program.

The Program is designed to support a healthier environment, to improve access to recreation and exercise, encourage people to get together and support walking and cycling connections across districts.

This year the Commission has aligned the Program to the priorities in its draft District Plans.

Environment Commissioner Rod Simpson said the program is part of the effort to deliver the Green Grid for Greater Sydney, a key action in district plans and the regional plan, A Plan for Growing Sydney.

"A connected network of green spaces 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," Rod said.

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

Successful projects recently completed include:

  • Great Nepean River Walk at Regatta Park
  • 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
  • Upgrade of walking trails in Warraroon Reserve, Longueville.

Councils can submit their applications online until 31 March 2016.

Click here for more details.

 

Caption: The restoration of the Hornsby Heritage Steps and Trail has recently been completed through funding from the Metropolitan Greenspace Program. The restoration included replacing ramps with stone steps, enhancing drainage and stabilising and rebuilding the banks for the natural regeneration of vegetation.