NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Greener public spaces

Building, improving and promoting places the communities of NSW use everyday.

Australians love the outdoors. It’s where we play, grow and connect.

The department's goal is for everyone in NSW to enjoy attractive, safe and accessible parks and outdoor spaces.

Our focus is building, improving and promoting places that the communities of NSW use as a part of everyday life. We aim to build spaces that are inclusive, safe, comfortable and enjoyable to be in and around.

Our programs are focused on delivering two important Premier's Priorities that will help make NSW a more resilient and liveable place:

Photo of Tench Reserve, Penrith NSW.

The department is delivering the $50 million Parks for People Program to improve the community’s access to high-quality open space.

Mum and daughter on flying fox at new playspace Tathra.

Everyone Can Play is the declaration that play is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or cultural background. We follow the three principles of Everyone Can Play, Can I Get There, Can I Play and Can I Stay to create more inclusive playspaces in NSW.

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The Department of Planning and Environment has commissioned Ethos Urban to undertake a study into the use of synthetic alternatives to natural turf in public open spaces.

People riding bikes and running on a path by trees in a park

The results and findings from the Greater Sydney Outdoors Study will be used for future work in the provision of outdoor recreation areas.

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Join your community in greening your local area and register any trees, big or small, that you plant.

People enjoying a walk on the Main Range Track in the scenic Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Tourism Snowy Mountains

The findings from the NSW Regional Outdoors Survey will inform outdoor recreation in regional NSW.

More information

Contact the team via email at publicspace@planning.nsw.gov.au