A Public Spaces Legacy For Liverpool

Liverpool will share in a total of up to $250 million in NSW Government funding to create a legacy of quality, green and accessible public space to be treasured for generations to come.

State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that $4,750,000 has been allocated to Liverpool City Council, as part of the NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program.

“This funding is a great win for Liverpool and highlights the NSW Government’s support for improved public space and parkland in South West Sydney.

“The program will create public spaces for future generations and help to keep people in jobs to ensure the local economy keeps moving with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

“The funding will go towards upgrades to the public domain of Macquarie Street, creation of the Phillimona Gardens parklet, and the delivery of an outdoor performance stage within the Casula Parklands precinct.” Ms Gibbons said.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the funding being delivered to councils was reliant on them meeting agreed targets to speed up local development applications.

“This program is the first of its kind in NSW and demonstrates state and local government working together to create a legacy of beautiful public spaces that communities, for decades, can be proud of,” Mr Stokes said.

“In exchange for legacy funding, councils participating in the program need to speed up their assessment times. They have until June 30 to keep hitting their targets but, so far, the program has seen a 20 per cent improvement.

“It’s been great to see the unclogging of the planning system as part of this program - 42 of 53 planning proposals that had been stuck in the planning system for more than four years have been resolved and 161 of 168 regionally significant development applications have been cleared.”

Liverpool City Council will be provided with funding for project planning and design and will have until 30 June 2021 to demonstrate they have met DA assessment performance improvements to lock in their full allocation of funding, ahead of construction starting on projects from August this year.

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