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We’re responsible for developing coordinated, thoughtful and strategic plans NSW’s growing population. Not only do we need to add more homes and places to work, but also more green spaces for recreational use and to improve the local environment. We recognise that well-designed green spaces improve liveability and value of the surrounding areas.


Green initiatives

Green Grid

The Green Grid program aims to create a network of high quality open spaces that connect town centres, public transport hubs and key employment and residential areas throughout Sydney via footpaths, cycleways, transport routes and creek corridors. The Green Grid corridors also conserve and enhance biodiversity and increase access to nature. The Government Architect NSW developed the Green Grid program.


Greener Places

Our soon to be released Greener Places policy aims to create a more liveable and sustainable urban environment by improving community access to recreation and exercise, supporting walking and cycling connections, and improving the resilience of urban areas. The policy will outline principles for coordinating population growth with an increase in green spaces to combat the effect of climate change while also providing space for local flora and fauna. The Government Architect NSW is developing the Greener Places policy.

Free tree initiative

The proposed Greenfield Housing Code will ensure new residential suburbs are greener and more environmentally friendly through a free tree initiative. Over the next three years, we will provide a free tree to up to 15,000 owners of homes approved under complying development in Sydney's new land release areas, including the South and North West Sydney. This will help reduce heat island effect in Western Sydney. Information on how homeowners can obtain their free tree will be available soon.


Page last updated: 22/11/2017