Govt promises better public spaces on way

Inner West will benefit from new and improved public spaces, thanks to $20 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program.
Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said this funding will help Inner West Council deliver 10 projects across Annandale, Leichhardt and Petersham, including improved public spaces, three new cycleways and a new neighbourhood park.
“The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the vital role our public spaces and the green links that connect them play in bolstering both our wellbeing and our local businesses,” Mr Stokes said.
“We will continue to support councils to deliver attractive, usable public spaces for their communities to enjoy now and once this crisis is behind us.”
The 10 projects include:
• A new cycleway along Dot Lane between Norton Street, Balmain Road and through to Hay Street in Leichhardt;
• A new shared pedestrian and cycle path along Johnstons Creek from Wigram Road to Chester Street in Annandale;
• A new dedicated cycle path at Pyrmont Bridge Road between Mallet Street and Parramatta Road in Annandale;
• Converting Petersham Street between Parramatta Road and Queen Street into a 300 square metre park with new trees, benches and bike racks; and
• Improvements to six streets that cross Parramatta Road in Leichhardt and Petersham, including new trees, benches, lighting and cycleway markings.
These projects are in their final stages of planning and design and will create 50 jobs once construction begins in the spring.
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