Cities Revitalisation and Place

Public spaces are the foundation for public life and the heart of great places. They are where people can stay, connect, play and participate. The Covid-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of public space in connecting with others, Country and the stories of our local spaces, as well as supporting our health and wellbeing. These public spaces, as small as our laneways, or as large as our green open spaces and libraries, can transform into places with meaning for our community. 

Creating places where people feel welcomed, connected and love to be means addressing wellbeing, walkability, amenity and activation in our streets and civic places. The NSW Government is putting a focus on ensuring everyone has access to walkable, attractive, and vibrant public spaces through collaboration with local councils, supporting pilot and demonstration projects, and developing tools and guides to build capacity across government and industry. 

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The Festival of Place

A rolling program of grants, partnerships and creative placemaking projects that celebrate great public spaces across NSW.

Great Places Toolkit

A collection of Guides, Tools, Case Studies and Research for local government, government agencies, industry and the community to support improved and activated cities, towns and neighbourhoods.

NSW Public Spaces Charter

The Charter identifies 10 evidence-based principles to support the planning, design, management and activation of quality public spaces in NSW.

Walks Near Me

A state-wide digital and interactive map to help you create walks and find out more about great public spaces close to you. 

Plan your next trip with the Walks Near Me map. Find hidden gems, great walks and new places. Add them to your walk and start your journey.

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Please note that since the 1 April 2022 the Public Spaces branch from the Department of Planning and Environment was transitioned to TfNSW and renamed Cities Revitalisation and Place. The ‘Contact us’ mailboxes and are managed by the Cities Revitalisation and Place team.