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Local Projects, Hurstville Ward

Hurstville Streets as shared spaces project

Works Start Date: December 2020
Works End Date: December 2021
Location: Hurstville CBD
Funding: $415,000 (ex GST) from NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment’s Streets as Shared Spaces grant program 

Following Georges River Council’s successful application for grant funding from the NSW Government’s Department of Planning Industry and Environment for the Streets as Shared Spaces program, Council has commenced implementing  improvements for Hurstville.

The funding is being used to improve the functionality, safety and placemaking potential for Forest Road and the city centre  by adapting its layout and design in order to increase space for safe movement. This will be achieved through increased public amenity where there are high levels of pedestrian activity, the installation of parklets that will offer additional seating areas for passersby, as well as traffic calming measures, increased greenery and public art installations.

The Hurstville community want a safer, greener and more comfortable city with more generous and better quality public spaces that put people first. More than 40,000 people move through the Hurstville city centre on public transport every day. 

This project will improve the pedestrian experience by helping slow down traffic, reclaiming parking spaces, providing places of respite and increasing the tree canopy. We’re creating a ‘green spine’ that traverses the centre, and encourages the public to linger and engage along the road.

Stage one of the Streets as Shared Spaces project for Hurstville saw the creation of space for people achieved by reclaiming 150m of  parking bays along a stretch of Forest Road with seating, greenery, shade and tables that was installed in December 2020.

Stage two of the project is focusing on Memorial Square, further greening of Forest Road, improvements to MacMahon courtyard and installation of public art. This is scheduled to commence early 2021.

Councils were encouraged to apply for the Streets as Shared Spaces grants to deliver temporary projects for short-term improvements to streets and public spaces, to make them safer and more attractive during COVID restrictions and into the future.

The project has activated the area into a better quality public space both during the day and into the night, injecting a lively energy into the area while allowing Council to experiment with more permanent public domain elements. 


  

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