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The development of new communities provides opportunities for increasing open space. We will ensure high quality parklands and open spaces are part of our plans. We’re also working with councils to preserve and enrich our vibrant neighbourhoods.


We are committed to including new or retained hectares of open space in its land releases and precinct plans.


Recent open spaces

During the 2015/16 financial year, the Department gave 101 hectares to five councils.


The Wentworth Park rezoning included 3.9 hectares of open space and a $5 million NSW Government investment to build the new Peninsula Park at Wentworth Point, opening up the harbour foreshore to the community for the first time ever.


Draft plans for the Kellyville, Bella Vista and Showground Station precincts include 17 hectares of new parks and open space.


Draft plans for Bayside West aim to retain the existing five hectares of open space in Arncliffe and three and 3.6 hectares of in Banksia, and proposes an extra hectare in Arncliffe.


Draft plans for Ingleside include nearly 16 hectares of open space, including playing fields, local walking and cycling paths, and local parks.



Peace Park


Planned Precincts Program

Our Planned Precincts Program ensures open spaces are part of the planning decisions for each precinct. New plans for the Lakemba Planned Precinct will increase open space from point 0.7 per to 3.2 per cent. This includes a mix of new or enhanced public open space, new bike and pedestrian connections and a linear park along the train line.


Open Space and Parklands Commissioner

The newly appointed Open Space and Parklands Commissioner, Fiona Morrison and her team are ensuring that well-designed parks, and planning for open spaces are a priority in state’s growth areas, planned precincts and in all major projects.


Office of Strategic Lands

The Office of Strategic Lands (OSL) has played a key role in securing land in NSW for over 60 years. Its considerable contribution includes:

  • Providing significant open space for regional and national parks, including the reservation of harbour foreshore areas and beach headlands including Western Sydney Parklands, Georges River National Park, Balls Head Reserve, Lane Cove National Park and Kelly’s Bush.
  • Acquiring land for Western Sydney University and Macquarie University, and sites for key Olympic facilities.

With Sydney’s growing population, OSL will focus on the delivery of the Green Grid, support delivery of strategic infrastructure, and enable the Government’s strategic planning priorities including the delivery of open space.


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Page last updated: 08/10/2019