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$20 Million ‘Streets As Shared Spaces’ Program set to transform Riverwood

Pilot projects set to be introduced by local Councils are being rolled out across the State, with funding aiming to completely transform a variety of community spaces.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, that Georges River Council has been provided with a $500,000 grant which is set to transform parts of Belmore Road around Riverwood Station.

“The goal of the program is to test new and innovative ideas that temporarily adapt streets as safe, shared public spaces to support healthier, safe and resilient communities,” Mr Coure said.

“The project will aim to beautify the area by providing more public space for the community to sit, relax and catch up with friends, admire new art installations, or even dine al fresco in their revitalised surrounds.”

This specific funding will look at developing underutilised open spacing along Belmore Road, as well as aiming to improve pedestrian connectivity from Riverwood Station to local business and amenities.

Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes said, the ‘Streets as Shared Spaces’ program capitalises on opportunities created by the pandemic, with more people connecting with others in public spaces.

“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,” Minister 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.”

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