Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Upper Hunter Electorate was to receive $571,095 in funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.
Mr Johnsen said that carparks in Scone will be will be transformed into vibrant public spaces thanks to $71,095 in funding, whilst laneways in Singleton will be similarly transformed thanks to $500,000
“The two projects are among 48 successful proposals across the State,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The funding will help transform the areas, providing more public space for the community to relax, exercise and enjoy.
“The Streets as Shared Spaces program is part of the NSW Government’s efforts to encourage new and improved pedestrian and active transport links that facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Not only will these projects improve how we use our local public spaces, they will create employment opportunities and make our streets more attractive and welcoming for people.”
“There had been overwhelming interest in the program, with more than 145 applications from 99 councils.”
“Whether it is new cycle lanes, pedestrian-only streets or wider footpaths, we’re working with councils and communities to fund projects that can make life better for everyone – both now and into the future,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The successful projects demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform under-utilised space into accessible public spaces for our local Upper Hunter communities to enjoy.”
Cr Collison, Mayor of Upper Hunter Shire said this transformation of Scone along with the reviltalisation of Kelly Street will be a fantastic attraction for locals and tourists once all completed.
“Council is very appreciative of all of the assistance from the NSW Government programs towards projects throughout the Shire,” Cr Collison said.
Cr Moore, Mayor of Singleton Shire said four laneways – Burns Lane, Bourkes Arcade Lane, Tre Bella Lane, Evidence Lane – would receive special treatment as a result of the funding to encourage pedestrian movements for the benefit of local shoppers and businesses.
“This is another element of the revitalisation of the Singleton Town Centre to be modern, connected and progressive with a range of vibrant spaces for people to meet and gather safely for a range of purposes,”Cr Moore said.
“I thank the Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP for recognising the opportunity for the Streets As Shared Spaces program to enhance the life and character of under utilised laneways in the Town Centre, helping to connect car parking and businesses to John Street.
“Council staff have identified a great scope to be creative in these spaces, including through innovative augmented reality, audio public art and fresh approaches to laneway development.
“I’m thrilled to have received this grant and I can’t wait to show Mr Johnsen the final results.”
The Streets as Shared Spaces program aims to support physical distancing requirements during COVID-19, promote the health of local economies and furthers the NSW Government’s Premier’s Priority to create greener public spaces. Councils will need to obtain all of the relevant approvals and engage with their community in delivering the projects.
For the list of 48 successful proposals: www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/streetsgrants