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Shared spaces to transform our streets


Georges River Council has been successful in securing grant funding from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Streets as Shared Spaces program. The program provides funding for councils to support the delivery of short-term improvements to local streets and public spaces through pop-ups and pilots that encourage social distancing and improve the attractiveness of our neighbourhoods.

Mayor Kevin Greene said Georges River Council was selected as one of 27 regional councils and 14 councils in Greater Sydney to deliver a total of 48 successful projects temporary street transformations, cycleways, pop up parks and rejuvenated public spaces.

“$50,000 has been awarded to Council to improve pedestrian amenity in Kogarah through traffic calming measures, public art, lighting and street furniture. This project is expected to be delivered within the next three months,” said Mayor Greene.

“We want to improve pedestrian safety and wayfinding in the Kogarah centre, and improve the overall appearance. To do this we’ll be installing eye-catching signage incorporating artwork by proud Dunghetti woman, Aunty Annette Webb, who has lived in the area for the past 30 years.

“Public art will also feature in two laneways which are highly used by pedestrians, and there will be pop-up turf, planters and public furniture throughout the Kogarah town centre.

“$350,000 in funding has been awarded for projects within Hurstville so that it’s a more pedestrian-friendly location. It is expected that these improvements will be delivered in the next 12 months.

“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.

“We will be engaging with our community about these projects as plans are finalised, and will be encouraging people to provide feedback on these in due course,” added Mayor Greene.
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