Great Places Toolkit

The Great Places Toolkit helps bring the principles of the NSW Public Spaces Charter to life through a collection of free resources to support local government, state agencies, industry and the community. The department is developing tools that anyone can use to support planning, managing and creating better and more vibrant cities, towns and neighbourhoods.


Guidance and other evidence to support more, better and activated public spaces.


Practical tools to support evaluation of public space and public life.

Case Studies and Research

Best practice examples when creating great public spaces across NSW.

Evaluation tool for public space and public life

Hear from Dr. Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Transport for NSW’s Acting Deputy Secretary, Cities and Active Transport, along with representatives from the City of Sydney and Wagga Wagga City Council about their experiences using the Evaluation Tool.

How to stay in touch

For more information about the Great Places Toolkit, please email us at:

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.