An extension of George Street’s car-free zone in Sydney’s CBD, a new pedestrian-only boulevard in Liverpool’s Railway Street and a ‘people’s loop’ in Parramatta Park have been given the green light today as part of a plan to transform streets into shared spaces in response to COVID-19.Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes today announced three trial pedestrianisation programs alongside a new $15 million Streets as Shared Spaces program that will fund council projects to provide more space for communities to safely walk, cycle and exercise.“The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the demand for more public spaces – and easy, safe access to it,” Mr Stokes said.“Whether it’s new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re committed to working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and once the pandemic is over.”Councils will be able to apply for Streets as Shared Spaces program grants of up to $100,000 for immediate temporary projects, such as widening footpaths and cycle lanes and up to $1 million for medium-term pilot projects, such as extra crossing points, wider kerbs and trialling lower speed limits.The community can also submit their ideas for local projects through an new online social pinpoint map that allows users to click on an area and leave their comments and ideas.The three trial programs announced today include:· Eastern Harbour City: The NSW Government is partnering with the City of Sydney to extend George Street’s car-free zone in both directions between Bathurst and Campbell Streets and extended in the southbound direction to Rawson Place. The existing temporary closure in the southbound direction from Bathurst to Campbell Street will be made permanent.· Central River City: World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park’s People Loop Trial will see temporary changes made to vehicle access, parking and circulation for two-months from 19 May 2020, to improve the experience of walking and cycling in the Park.· Western Parkland City: The NSW Government is partnering with Liverpool City Council to install temporary street furniture and trees to slow vehicle traffic and pedestrianise the laneway behind Railway Street in the Liverpool City Centre.Transport for NSW has worked with the City of Sydney to continue to deliver on the benefits of the Light Rail to transform George Street into the civic spine of the CBD.Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “The George Street light rail has changed not just how people get around the city, but how they experience the city.“With new street trees, planter boxes, outdoor dining, seating and pedestrianisation, people were already taking back and enjoying George Street before COVID-19 hit. When the crisis passes, it will once again be a place to linger and gather rather than just hurrying through,” Ms Moore said.The Streets as Shared Spaces program will also help the NSW Government reach its ambitious target to increase the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space by 10 per cent by 2023.Councils can apply for Streets as Shared Spaces grants until 10 June 2020.
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More of the country's best performing arts companies are set to tour regional NSW this year with the help of further NSW Government funding, Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said today.
Regional NSW will enjoy singing performances, theatre, ballet and workshops from four renowned art organisations with $137,000 from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
"I'm proud the NSW Government is investing in the demand for quality and diverse art forms in the regions and building audiences and creating jobs in this vibrant sector," Mr Grant said.
"I'm equally proud of the variety of destinations across our state set to welcome some of our best art organisations as of both metropolitan and regionally based companies supported by the Government to take to the stage in 2016."
One of the key aims of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's new Create in NSW 10-year policy framework is ensuring people have access to a diverse range of arts experiences no matter where they live.
The NSW Government has invested a total of $700,000 through the Performing Arts Touring Program to give regional communities the opportunity to experience performing arts productions throughout 2016.
The latest Performing Arts Touring recipients are:
CDP Theatre Producers: $50,000 to deliver a 2016 tour of The 52-Storey Treehouse. The tour will include performances at nine venues, reaching more than 10,000 NSW young people. The production is an adaptation by Richard Tulloch from the award-winning Australian book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Locations: Lismore, Wagga Wagga, Newcastle, Wollongong, Gosford, Griffith, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Orange.
Eastern Riverina Arts: $5,502 to tour Fred Smith's Dust of Uruzgan, a collection of songs Fred wrote while working as a tribal and political advisor alongside Australian Forces in Uruzgan Province, Southern Afghanistan. The songs and stories are complemented by a collection of visual projections, donated by Australian Defence Force photographers who patrolled alongside troops. Locations: Wagga, Coolamon, Adelong, West Wyalong and Temora.
The Australian Ballet: $50,000 to deliver a NSW tour of the classical ballet Giselle in 2016. Locations: Orange, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Newcastle.