I am pleased to announce Sutherland will come alive as the next round of the $20 million Streets as Shared Spaces program rolls out across the state.

The Sutherland Shire Council has been provided $500,000 for the Flora Street Dine and Revitalise project which will brighten the community and bring residents together.

This exciting project will completely reimagine the heart of Sutherland Town Centre by providing more public space for the community to sit, relax and catch up with friends and even dine al fresco in their revitalised surrounds.

If the pilot projects gain widespread community support, we’ll look to make them permanent so more people can enjoy the outdoors and connect with those around them.

The funding will be used to create a vibrant and active space with:

  • Wider footpaths
  • Parklets
  • Outdoor dining
  • Safer pedestrian crossings

Streets as Shared Spaces 2 capitalises on opportunities created by the pandemic with 70 per cent of people in a recent poll saying they were connecting with people in public spaces instead of at home.

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said communities were also demanding better walking and cycling infrastructure.

“Now is the time to capitalise on the increased appetite for open space and safe places to connect with our communities in a meaningful way,” Mr Stokes said.

“We’re reimaging our streets as better places for people, which will drive an increase in foot traffic, support businesses and bring the community together to enjoy the vibrancy our state has to offer.”

The Streets as Shared Spaces program provides funding for councils to test and pilot new and innovative ideas that temporarily adapt streets as safe, shared public spaces to support healthier, safe and resilient communities.

For more information visit: https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/great-public-spaces/streets/streets-as-shared-spaces-program