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Hurstville Forest in the City


The first phase of improvements for Hurstville are now installed from the Streets as Shared Spaces program.

Georges River Council was successful in its application for grant funding from the NSW Government’s Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

The funding will be used to improve the functionality, safety and placemaking potential for Forest Road by adapting its layout and design in order to increase space for safe movement.

Where there are high levels of pedestrian activity you will see parklets installed that will offer additional seats, traffic calming measures, increased greenery and public art installations.

Stage one of the Streets as Shared Spaces project for Hurstville sees the creation of space for people achieved by reclaiming parking bays along a stretch of Forest Road with seating, greenery, shade and tables.

“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 their 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,” added Mayor Greene.

Stage two of the project will focus on Memorial Square and further greening of Forest Road, 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.


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