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On 5 August 2020 we announced the launch of a $250 million NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program as part of ongoing work to protect the health of the community, provide economic and jobs stimulus in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and deliver a legacy of safe, quality public and open space.


The program incentivises local councils to accelerate their assessments of development applications (DAs) and rezonings to create new development capacity and meet demand for housing and employment over the next decade.


Over 100 projects in 60 Local Government Areas have been approved as part of the NSW Government’s $250 million Public Spaces Legacy Program. Projects include a diverse range of public open spaces including new and improved walking and cycle paths, parks, trails and boardwalks, lookouts, foreshore and riverfronts, playspaces, civic plazas, outdoor event and performance spaces. 


These projects will make a real and lasting positive impact for future generations. They will shape and transform the local geography and will provide valued public space to local communities for generations to come. 


Councils have now received the first round of funding to enable them to progress planning and design in consultation with local communities. Councils will be working closely with the NSW Government to deliver the projects to the community by the end of 2022.


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Program purpose

Accelerating the assessment and determination of local DAs will bolster the construction pipeline through 2021 to 2024 and build on the short-term acceleration work completed through the department’s Accelerated Assessment Program.


Accelerating local projects and providing new public and open space provides economic benefits and the opportunity to create a public space legacy for future generations, matching increases in development activity with broader, lasting public benefits.


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Funding will be available to 60 councils across NSW.

Each council has different public and open space needs and varying underlying land costs, so funding will be assigned differently – whether a metropolitan developed council, a metropolitan fringe council, a regional city, a large rural council or a rural council.


Office of Local Government Category Upper funding limit per Council Council name Proposal name Project description
Metropolitan developed councils (with open space shortfall)  $5.5m  Bayside Council  Re-imagining our Bayside Landscapes
A new regional playspace and supporting infrastructure for Sir Joseph Banks Park and a shared path and elevated walkway in Barton Park. 
Burwood Council   Project proposal being finalised by council.
Camden Council  Nepean River Pathway Extension
This project will deliver a pathway extension along the Nepean River connecting Camden's natural assets and green open spaces.
Canterbury-Bankstown Council  Paul Keating Park Precinct  The project will deliver Stage 1 of the Paul Keating Park Masterplan, providing enhanced open space and supporting amenity including enhanced tree coverage, integrated seating, improved connections and a destination playspace in the Bankstown CBD. 
Cumberland City Council  Merrylands Civic Square  A new Civic Square in Merrylands comprising a range of spaces including an events area, seating areas for passive recreation and play elements.
Metropolitan developed council $4.75m Blacktown City Council
Unlocking the potential of the Ropes Creek corridor
Provision of public access to over 60ha of new open space along Ropes Creek and improved walkability and amenity along the Great West Walk route.
Willoughby City Council
Artarmon Town Centre Open Space and Civic Plaza Improvement
Creation of a new civic plaza on the western side of Artarmon Station incorporating terraced seating and street furniture and improving access to public and active transport. 
The Hills Shire Council
Public Domain, Playspaces and Connections (Anthony Skarratt Reserve and the Bella Vista Farm Park Projects)
Construction of a new community centre and playspace at Anthony Skarratt Reserve in Box Hill and a new playground at Bella Vista Farm Park including new connections.
Woollahra Municipal Council
Enhancing and Revitalising Woollahra’s Iconic Spaces Project (New Public Plaza at Knox Street)
A new pedestrianised public plaza in Knox Street with new plantings, lighting, public art elements and seating areas.
Northern Beaches Council
Improved connectivity, inclusivity and accessibility to recreational spaces and activities
Delivery of a boardwalk and connecting trails at Manly Dam, provision of an accessible ramp in Queenscliff, delivery of stage one of the pipeline shared path and an upgraded tidal pool and boardwalk at Clontarf Reserve. 
Mosman Municipal Council
Mosman Legacy Program
This project will deliver increased amenity and connections along the Manly to Bondi Walk addressing issues of access and missing links and revitalisation of Mosman's Town Square through to Mosman Park.
The Council of the Municipality of Hunters Hill
Reibey's Green
Embellishment of Figtree Park including playground upgrades, public art, new seating, lighting and a new public restroom.
Waverley Council
Waverley Cliff Top Walk and Waverley Park Recreation and Landscape Upgrade
Upgrade part of the Bondi to Manly Walk including widened paths, seating, boardwalks, heritage interpretation, landscaping, lighting, viewing platforms stairs, fencing. Enhancements to Waverley Park to create district level inclusive and multi-generational play precinct.
Lane Cove Council
St Leonards Plaza Upgrade
Creation of St Leonards Plaza a 4750sqm open space incorporating landscaping, central lawn, passive recreation, play areas and alfresco dining opportunities. 
North Sydney Council
Quarantine Depot Acquisition and St Leonards Park Priority Project
Acquisition and development of 2185sqm of foreshore land on Waverton Peninsula and upgrades to St Leonards Park Playground to provide greater play opportunities for older children.
Inner West Council
Creating new and improved open spaces in the Inner West
Creation of a new open space along Cahill St, Annandale, potential acquisition of land to convert to open space, creation of a new park with an off- leash dog area and recreational elements in Lewis Herman Reserve, Ashfield and upgraded lighting for evening recreation along the Inner West portion of the Bay Run. 
Sutherland Shire Council
Seymour Shaw Park Youth Precinct and Open Space Upgrade
Expanding the recreational opportunities at Seymour Shaw Park in Miranda with a youth precinct with skate park, half-basketball court, fitness equipment, picnic areas, shelters, street furniture, playspace and overall landscaping and amenity improvements. 
City of Parramatta
Parramatta Quay and Connections and Arthur Phillip Park
A new riverfront urban square and amphitheatre, river bridge and public park in Parramatta CBD.
Randwick City Council
At the Heart of the Village
Creation of new public plazas at corner of Belmore Road and Waratah Avenue and Clovelly Road and Carrington Road. Plaza's will include new plantings, water sensitive urban design elements, bike racks, lighting, informal play opportunities and seating areas.
Liverpool City Council
Macquarie Street Public Spaces, Bigge Street Park, Casula Performance Platform 
Upgrades to the public domain of Macquarie Street, creation of the Phillimona Gardens parklet and delivery of an outdoor performance stage within the Casula Parklands precinct.
Strathfield Municipal Council
Hudson District Park Stage 2 (passive open space elements)
Completion of Stage Two of Hudson Park passive open space elements in Strathfield including a children's bicycle park, playspace, public performance space, improved pathways and landscaping.
Fairfield City Council
Bareena Park and Fairfield Heights Park
Upgrade of Barrena Park and Fairfield Height Park to provide more inclusive and higher quality playspaces, fitness equipment, children's cycle paths, public art and supporting infrastructure.
City of Canada Bay Council
Majors Bay Reserve Recreation Precinct
Acquisition of the former Concord RSL site and enhancement to adjacent parklands to create a recreational precinct at Majors Bay Reserve Concord.
Georges River Council
Georges River Council - Better Places and Spaces
Transformation of an at-grade car park (known as Palm Court) into a new permanent open space and enhancement of the MacMahon Street courtyard in Hurstville.
Campbelltown City Council
Apex Park, Bradbury
Embellishment of Apex Park to provide an important regional open space, including Welcome to Country public artworks, event space and water features.
Metropolitan fringe council
Blue Mountains City Council
Blue Mountains Park Improvement Program
Upgrade of Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, Corridor of Oaks and Jackson Park including play equipment, boardwalks, pathways and enhancements to the landscaping on both sites.
The Council of the Shire of Hornsby
Bushland to the Waterways
Delivery of an elevated walkway in Pyes Creek Bushland, a learn to Ride Playspace in Ruddock Park and improvements to the Brooklyn Foreshore.
Penrith City Council
City Park
Delivery of 7,000 sqm of new green open space on the corner of Henry and Station Streets including increased tree canopy, themed gardens, water features and natural landscaping. 
Wollondilly Shire Council
Wollondilly Legacy Program: Providing Quality Open Space for our Communities
The project will deliver enhancements to a series of open spaces within the LGA including Picton Parklands, Old Menangle School Site, an inclusive playground at Dudley Checham Park, Birrahlee Park, Willis Park and the WS Williams Memorial Park.
Albury City Council
Albury Riverside Boardwalk & Hovell Tree Park Market Area
Activation of 2.6 hectares of community open space adjacent to the Murray River in Hovell Tree Park, Albury.
Regional city council $3m
Armidale Regional Council
Armidale Creeklands Restoration
Enhancement of parks and reserves surrounding Dumaresq Creek, Armidale.
Byron Shire Council
Sandhills Wetlands Activation
Embellishment of Sandhills Wetlands to create a public space at the centre of town that combines ecological and cultural values with circulation routes and recreation activities.
Coffs Harbour City Council
Jetty Strip Open Space for the Future
Acquisition of 5,200sqm of land to create new open space adjacent to the Jetty Strip in Coffs Harbour.
Cessnock City Council
Bridges Hill Park to Wine Country Shared Pathway
A new accessible, tree-lined 5,330m active transport corridor connecting Wine Country Drive, on the outskirts of the Cessnock’s CBD with St. Philips Christian College, Lomas Lane, Nulkaba.
Dubbo Regional Council
Dubbo CBD Macquarie River Bank Boardwalk
Delivery of a new 300m Macquarie River bank boardwalk as a community meeting place, a CBD landmark and an architectural feature.
Clarence Valley Council
Clarence Valley Council Open Spaces Projects
Implementation of the Ulmarra Riverside and Village Precinct Plan and delivery of the Townsend to Maclean Shared Pathway connecting Townsend and Gulmarrad.
Council of the Municipality of Kiama
Hindmarsh Park Enhancement
Embellishment of Hindmarsh Park including a new and accessible regional destination playspace and other enhancements such as shade elements, picnic shelters, tables, BBQs, and water fountains.
Lake Macquarie City Council
Swansea Foreshore Boardwalk
Improved access to the Swansea Channel through construction of a 230m accessible boardwalk, two pedestrian bridges, upgrades to an existing northern viewing platform and walking trail connections to existing trails.
Maitland City Council
Harold Gregson Park Upgrade (Maitland Regional Sports Complex - Stage 4)
Upgrade of Harold Gregson Park into a multi-use space providing pathways, BBQ picnic spaces, overnight RV parking spaces, a youth space and additional tree plantings. 
Newcastle City Council
Newcastle Ocean Baths Upgrade Project Stage 1
Upgrade of the Newcastle Ocean Baths to revitalise and renew the heritage-listed 100-year-old pools, promenades and pumping systems to increase the amenity, safety and accessibility of the site.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Port Macquarie-Hastings Public Spaces Legacy
The revitalisation of Bain Park in Wauchope CBD, upgrade of Westport Park into a destination playspace and the creation of outdoor amphitheatre at Town Beach.
Port Stephens Council
Port Stephens Shared Paths and Civic Spaces
Upgrades to William Street at Raymond Terrace to improve the connections between the Hunter River Waterfront and Boomerang Park.

Delivery of a new shared path along the shores of Port Stephens, from Nelson Bay to Halifax Point and a new town square at Lemon Tree Passage with a shared path along the foreshore.
Shellharbour City Council
Reddall Reserve Foreshore Promenade
Delivery of the Reddall Reserve Masterplan; 155m of promenade foreshore pathway with seating and a series of access points to the water as part of a larger 390m promenade at Rendall Reserve, Lake Illawarra. 
Shoalhaven City Council
Ulladulla Boardwalk & Harbourside
Creation of a new elevated public space that establishes visual connectivity between the Ulladulla town centre and the Ulladulla Harbour including boardwalk, lighting, viewing platforms, seating, trees and other plantings.
Wingecarribee Shire Council
  Project proposal being finalised by council.
Wollongong City Council
Access and Play Wollongong (Fairy Creek Shared Path and Cringila Hills Bike Track)
Creation of the Fairy Creek Shared Path in Gwynneville including; interpretive artwork/signage, enhanced landscaping and seating and; construction of a new bicycle skills track at Cringila, including amenities building, car parking, drainage and landscaping works.
Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council
Jubilee Park
Enhancement of Jubilee Park, a regional public space, to increase the amenity of the park and expand on the natural habitat for native birds. 
Large rural and Rural council
Cowra Shire Council
The Cowra Open Space Legacy Project

A number of existing recreation areas and linkages will be embellished including: 

  • Lachlan River Recreation Linkage
  • Cowra CBD and Peace Precinct Art Project
  • Village Signage Project 
  • Aboriginal Art Installation and Landscape Project.
Forbes Shire Council
Lake Forbes Activation Plan
Implementation of aspects of the Lake Forbes Activation Plan including all abilities outdoor gym area, beaches for launching water craft, BMX track and a swimming platform.
Glen Innes Serven Council
Centennial Parklands Skywalk
Construction of a new elevated Skywalk and viewing platform at Centennial Parklands including interpretive signage showcasing Celtic and Ngoorabul cultures. 
Gunnedah Shire Council
Gunnedah Public Spaces Activation Program
Four new shared pathway projects creating a 3,970 linear metre loop, enhance 2.16km of a popular walking trail on Wandobah Road by providing new accessible, multi-use infrastructure and furniture and enhancement and activation of the Poetry Precinct.
Kyogle Council
Kyogle Civic Precinct Activation (Phase 1)
Activation of the CBD including new landscaping works on Summerland Way, converting Stratheden Street and Roxy Lane into one-way streets and prioritising pedestrian activity, improving landscape and providing new lighting, shade and street furniture.
Leeton Shire Council
Chelmsford Place Town Square
Redevelopment of Chelmsford Place into a new pedestrian boulevard including walkable connections and improved public domain.
Moree Plains Shire Council
Moree Plains Public Spaces Legacy Project
Activation of Mehi River Corridor with the addition of an Indigenous public art, water splash park, amphitheatre, dog agility park, scenic river boardwalk, botanical garden expansion, fitness course and pedestrian/cycle linkage to Mary Brand Park as well as enhancements to Cooee Park and Jacaranda Park.
Murrumbidgee Council
Towards a vibrant and connected community through open space (Luke Park Jerilderie)
Upgrade of Luke Park in Jerilderie including improved connections, new deck extension to connect with community hall, public art, signage, walking trail resurfacing and embellishments to the bush tucker trail.
Snowy Valleys Council
Tumbarumba Playground and Skate Park and Rotary Pioneer Park Tumut
Upgrade of Tumbarumba Playground and Skate Park and Rotary Pioneer Park to provide nature-based playspaces, additional green infrastructure, better amenities, improved pathways, picnic areas and seating.
Tenterfield Shire Council
Tenterfield Youth Precinct & Mountain Bike Trailhead & Jennings Playground (passive open space elements)
Provision of passive open space elements for a youth precinct with mountain bike trailhead and upgrades to Jenning Park to include a new playspace, exercise equipment, shade structure and picnic facilities. 
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Upper Hunter Shire Council (St Aubins Town Square)
The rezoning and construction of a new St Aubins Town Square within Scone to provide new opportunities for community activation.
Uralla Shire Council
  Project proposal being finalised by council.
Yass Valley Council
Riverbank Park Open Space Precinct (Adventure Playspace)
Delivery of the Riverbank Park Adventure Playspace, an inclusive playspace with tactile and sensory elements for all ages. 

Note: councils are responsible for all aspects of delivery of the projects including land acquisition, environmental approvals and costs exceeding the funding amount. Some projects may change through the early design phase.

Categories are based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Classification of Local Government Office of Local Government Groupings.

Funding will be released to councils for various stages of public space project delivery from June 2021 to project completion before 31 December 2022.

Details of the funding schedule are available in the Guidelines.

Councils’ proposed acceleration programs will be reviewed by an interagency steering committee, who will provide a recommendation to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces for approval.

Page last updated: 28/06/2021