$21 million to support community in east Sydney

The City of Sydney is investing another $21 million on major projects that will transform the city’s east side over the next 10 years.

Projects include safer and more accessible streets and pedestrian walkways, new and refurbished childcare and community centres, bold public artworks and revitalised parks and streetscapes, involving an investment of $60 million over the life of the projects.

These projects are part of the $1.8 billion the City has set aside for a building and construction program over the next decade. Nearly 400 projects will provide new and renovated facilities for communities and businesses across the local government area.

City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone, said the City had delivered hundreds of important projects including parks, playgrounds, childcare, pools, libraries, theatres and community and cultural spaces over the last 10 years, and was now working on hundreds more for Sydneysiders to enjoy into the future.

“These state-of-the-art community facilities and infrastructure projects will help create more welcoming and connected neighbourhoods that meet the needs of our growing population of families and workers,” said Ms Barone.

“From improving community facilities in Woolloomooloo to creating new parks and a much-needed childcare centre in Darlinghurst, the City is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for east Sydney residents.

“Our 10-year financial plan is a huge investment that will nurture the city’s liveability, boost the economy, encourage tourism, improve sustainability, create new public open spaces and enhance our cultural life.”

More than a dozen projects in east Sydney are part of the City’s capital works program, and dozens more are in the pipeline for delivery over the next ten years.

They include:

  • $1 million as part of our $11 million commitment to refurbish the Juanita Nielson Community Centre in Woolloomooloo with new facilities and amenities;
  • $1 million for a pocket park at 222 Palmer Street in Darlinghurst with a children’s playground and community garden;
  • $500,000 as part of our $15 million commitment to create a 60-place childcare centre and community facility on Bourke Street, which is part of our overall $56.1 million commitment to additional childcare centres;
  • $4 million as part of our $10 million commitment to upgrade the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre in Darlinghurst, including the Albert Sloss Reserve with a new playground and improved road access;
  • $2 million as part of our $3 million commitment towards works on Newcombe Street in Paddington, including stormwater infrastructure, three new jacaranda trees, seating and a custom sandstone bench;
  • $1 million towards improvements at the intersection of Burton and Palmer streets in Darlinghurst, including new pedestrian crossings, a forecourt area, lighting and furniture; and
  • $10 million as part of our $18 million commitment to upgrade works in Hyde Park, including the restoration of Fraser Fountain, and new pathways and landscaping in Hyde Park North.

The 10-year corporate plan includes more than 400 projects across the wider City of Sydney area.

They include:

  • $328 million for public domain improvements, including footpaths, roadways and paving;
  • $274 million to upgrade the City’s parks and green spaces;
  • $97 million on cycleways, providing cycling connections between important destinations;
  • $2 million in the next financial year to support local village economies; and
  • $2 million every year on planting new street trees – over the next year, the City will plant 700 more native and exotic street trees across the local area as part of its plan to increase the city’s canopy size by 50 per cent over the next 15 years.

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